Bombardier Taps Auto Industry For President

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Bombardier is apparently looking to capitalize on the auto industry’s experience in global supply chains in its latest executive appointment. Guy Hachey has been tapped as president and chief operating officer of the company’s aerospace division after more than 30 years with General Motors and its bankrupt spinoff Delphi Corp. "He has no aerospace experience, but he is from the very competitive automotive industry," Bombardier Aerospace spokesman Marc Duchesne told The Globe and Mail.

Hachey is a bilingual native of Quebec, where Bombardier is based. In recent years he’s been based in Luxembourg where he oversees Delphi Powertrain Systems, which has 30,000 employees, 16 product lines and 30 plants all over the world. McGill University business professor Karl Moore told the newspaper that Bombardier needs manufacturing expertise and Hachey’s appointment makes sense, despite his lack of aerospace experience. "What they're looking for is someone who can help them on the manufacturing side," he said. "Demand is not a problem at the moment, their order book is wonderful ... So it's about manufacturing efficiency."