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Scott to step down as head of Bombardier Aerospace

Scott to step down as head of Bombardier Aerospace

Bombardier Aerospace has confirmed earlier Gary Scott, who presently holds the position of president with Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, will retire on October 1st.

Guy Hachey, president and chief operating officer, Bombardier Aerospace, will lead the Commercial Aircraft business unit until a replacement is named.

“It has been my honour and my pleasure to lead Bombardier Commercial Aircraft through this exciting time, particularly bringing the game-changing CSeries aircraft to market,” said Scott.

“The CSeries aircraft program is tracking well, and with the program at this advanced stage, I feel very comfortable leaving it in the capable hands of my colleagues so I can devote more time to my family.

“I have full confidence in the solid team in place at Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and its ability to continue the development and execution of our programs.

“I am extremely proud to have been part of the Bombardier team and of what we have accomplished together. I look forward to watching Bombardier introduce industry leading products well into the future.”

Scott, a long-time Boeing executive, who led the 737/757 commercial-aviation division, joined Bombardier in 2004 to run its newly created commercial-aviation program.

He spearheaded the development of the all-new design CSeries single-aisle jet.

The plane, seating 110-130 passengers, uses a new design largely of composite carbon fibre and promises lower maintenance costs and better fuel efficiency than other aircraft in its niche.

He has held the position of president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft since April 2008, when Bombardier merged two previously independent units: Bombardier Regional Aircraft and New Commercial Aircraft Program.

The £3 billion C-Series is the biggest commercial jet ever planned by Bombardier, the third biggest aircraft manufacturer in the world.

However, is has attracted only sporadic orders to date.

“Gary has been an incredible asset to our organization and, through his leadership, has helped us develop game-changing products and a strong international customer base,” said Hachey.

“We wish him and his family well, and thank him for his valuable contribution to Bombardier and to the aerospace industry.”