Articles tagged “ben smith”

Skift Global Forum Preview: Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Reveals How He’s Winning Over Labor

Skift Global Forum Preview: Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Reveals How He’s Winning Over Labor

Brian Sumers, Skift

Air France-KLM has been content with the status quo for a long time. Under new CEO Ben Smith, that's changing. But is it too much change, too fast?

3 months ago

New Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Begins Putting His Imprint on Air France

New Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Begins Putting His Imprint on Air France

Brian Sumers, Skift

Insiders sometimes privately ask if Ben Smith will be a short-timer at Air France-KLM. He is trying to bring big change to a company plagued by inertia. But change is happening. Let's see if Smith will have traction.

4 months ago

Air France-KLM CEO Says Company Would Consider Buying a Competitor

Air France-KLM CEO Says Company Would Consider Buying a Competitor

Brian Sumers, Skift

The Air France-KLM merger has been a textbook example of how hard it is to meld corporate cultures. But CEO Ben Smith isn't letting that deter him from taking a look at new acquisitions. Too soon?

5 months ago

France and Dutch Governments Promise Cooperation After Reports of Air France-KLM Rift

France and Dutch Governments Promise Cooperation After Reports of Air France-KLM Rift

Ania Nussbaum and Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg

The Dutch government recently took a stake in Air France-KLM so it would have more leverage in group-level dynamics. It wasn't cheap, but ministers calculated this was only way to ensure executives in Paris would listen to Dutch interests. Will it work?

8 months ago

Air France Pilots Endorse New Pay Deal After More Than a Year of Discord

Air France Pilots Endorse New Pay Deal After More Than a Year of Discord

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith was lauded for taking a tough but fair stance with Air Canada's unions when he was COO there. But Air France's unions are feistier. They've run the past two CEOs out of town, so it's impressive Smith got this done. Will labor peace last?

8 months ago

Air France and KLM Bosses May Become Deputy CEOs in Peace Deal

Air France and KLM Bosses May Become Deputy CEOs in Peace Deal

Angeline Benoit and Ellen Proper, Bloomberg

Did Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith, facing a rebellion of sorts from KLM, just blink? The answer may be in the details of a still-fluid governance agreement between the two airlines.

8 months ago

It’s Time to Let Air France-KLM’s New CEO Take Charge

It’s Time to Let Air France-KLM’s New CEO Take Charge

Brian Sumers, Skift

KLM CEO Pieter Elbers is one of the most respected airline managers in the world. But KLM is not an independent airline and ultimately he should be accountable to group CEO Ben Smith.

8 months ago

Air France-KLM Plotting to Oust CEO of Dutch Airline

Air France-KLM Plotting to Oust CEO of Dutch Airline

Ellen Proper and Ania Nussbaum , Bloomberg

Air France-KLM really isn't a happy family. How long can it continue to exist in its current form if the two airlines can't work together?

8 months ago

New Air France-KLM CEO Seals Labor Peace With French Unions

New Air France-KLM CEO Seals Labor Peace With French Unions

Tara Patel, Bloomberg

New Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith pulled off what some thought impossible, by negotiating a new pact with labor. But remember, Smith is still in his honeymoon period. Can he reset labor relations over the long-term? Or is this just a short-term success?

1 year ago

Air Canada’s President Emerges as Frontrunner for Air France-KLM CEO Job

Air Canada’s President Emerges as Frontrunner for Air France-KLM CEO Job

Ania Nussbaum, Bloomberg

At Air Canada, Ben Smith developed a reputation as a straight shooter with employees, customers, and even journalists. But Air France-KLM is a different beast. The company is broken, and the French aren't accustomed to having an outsider run their national airline. If he gets the job, it'll be an interesting ride.

1 year ago