June 22, 2018 / 11:26 AM / 7 months ago

Veolia CFO Capron among favorites to head Air France-KLM: source

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: An Air France Airbus A321 lands at Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris, France, May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/File Photo/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - French water and waste group Veolia Chief Financial Officer Philippe Capron is among the favourites to become the new chief executive officer of Air France-KLM, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday.

Confirming a report in financial daily Les Echos, the source said Capron, 60, seemed well placed to take the helm at Air France.

“The process has been under way for a while ... he is a natural for the CEO job, he is a very operations-minded financier ... a dealmaker,” the source said.

Les Echos reported that the airline’s nominations committee had proposed Capron’s candidacy to the board. Air France declined comment.

Air France-KLM’s former chief executive Jean-Marc Janaillac resigned last month after staff voted rejected a new pay offer.

Reporting by Gilles Guillaume; Editing Geert De Clercq and Richard Lough

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