Bombardier Appoints New Aerospace President and Chief Operating Officer and announces Key Business Unit Appointments

  • Guy C. Hachey appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace
  • Gary R. Scott appointed President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft; new business unit integrating Regional Aircraft and New Commercial Aircraft Program business units
  • Steve Ridolfi appointed President, Bombardier Business Aircraft
  • James Hoblyn appointed President, Bombardier Aircraft Services

Bombardier announced today changes to its Aerospace Group leadership team. Guy C. Hachey is appointed Bombardier Aerospace’s new President and Chief Operating Officer, effective May 12, 2008. A period of transition will follow until June 4, 2008, when Pierre Beaudoin, the current President and Chief Operating Officer, will take over the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc., as previously announced on November 28, 2007.                                                             

“Bombardier welcomes Guy Hachey as the new head of its Aerospace Group,” said Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace. “Guy’s proven leadership skills and impressive track record internationally in the very competitive automotive industry – combined with our leaders’ significant aerospace expertise – will translate into great benefit for our company.”

Bombardier also announced the appointment of three of its senior leaders to new positions. Each appointment is effective immediately:

  • Gary R. Scott, currently President, New Commercial Aircraft Program and Aircraft Services is appointed President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, integrating two business units – Regional Aircraft and the New Commercial Aircraft Program – into one new unit. Mr. Scott’s skill, knowledge and experience in the commercial aircraft industry will be essential as Bombardier continues to develop its new commercial aircraft. The integration of the Regional Aircraft and CSeries teams will enable Bombardier to present a complete commercial aircraft product offering to its customers.
  • Steve Ridolfi, currently President, Bombardier Regional Aircraft is appointed President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. His program management expertise comes at the right time as Bombardier embarks on the evaluation and development of new products while increasing the capacity and operational performance of existing product lines. His extensive market and strategic experience within the aerospace industry will benefit Business Aircraft customers. He will replace Pierre Gabriel Côté who has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of SFK Pulp and will leave Bombardier Aerospace on July 18, 2008.  
  • James Hoblyn, currently Senior Vice-President, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft is appointed President, Bombardier Aircraft Services, which includes the Amazing Customer Experience initiative for Aerospace as a whole; after-market services for Business and Commercial Aircraft (Parts, Service Centres, Training); Specialized Aircraft Solutions; and Amphibious Aircraft. A former Managing Director of Flexjet Europe (now known as Skyjet International), his focus in recent roles has been to improve customer satisfaction and loyalty, making him the perfect candidate for this position.

“I am proud to join one of the world’s foremost aircraft manufacturers and leading Canadian aerospace companies,” stated Guy C. Hachey. “I look very much forward to working with my new colleagues to ensure the continued long-term success of Bombardier Aerospace.”

“I take this opportunity to sincerely thank Pierre Gabriel Côté for his contributions to our Business Aircraft unit and wish him success as he takes on the Chief Executive Officer responsibilities of another public company,” concluded Mr. Beaudoin.


Short biographies of new appointees

Guy C. Hachey started his career 30 years ago in the automotive industry with General Motors (GM) where he held positions of increasing authority and complexity, first in Canada, then in the United States. In 1999, Delphi Automotive Systems spun off from GM and he joined the Delphi Corporation as President of its Chassis Systems Division. Before joining Bombardier, he held the combined positions of Vice-President, Delphi Corporation; President, Delphi Powertrain Systems – a $5.5 billion business with 16 product lines, 30 plants and over 30,000 employees; as well as President, Delphi Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was also Executive Champion for Delphi Corporation’s global manufacturing operations. In the latter capacity, he was responsible for the implementation of lean enterprise processes and common systems across more than 150 plants worldwide, for all Delphi products. Mr. Hachey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (B.Comm.) from McGill University, Montreal, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Concordia University, Montreal. He also completed the Tuck Executive Development Program at Dartmouth (New Hampshire).

Gary R. Scott is a senior aerospace executive with more than 35 years experience in the industry. Prior to joining Bombardier Aerospace in 2004 as President, New Commercial Aircraft Program, Mr. Scott was Group President, Civil Simulation and Training at CAE, Inc. He began his career with The Boeing Company in 1973, where he held several senior executive positions including Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Boeing Enterprises; and Vice-President and General Manager for the 737/757 programs. Mr. Scott earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business Administration at the University of Washington, his Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Seattle University, and he has completed the Executive Development Program, University of Illinois, as well as the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

Steve Ridolfi has served as President of Bombardier Regional Aircraft since September 1999. Mr. Ridolfi has had a distinguished career with the organization, dating from 1982, when he joined de Havilland Inc. as a structural dynamics engineer. He progressed through airline analysis, marketing, product planning, program management and customer support to become, consecutively, Vice-President of Marketing and Product Planning; and Vice-President and General Manager Marketing and Operations; prior to his appointment as President, Regional Aircraft. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) (B.Sc.) in Engineering Physics from Queen's University and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University.

James Hoblyn was appointed Senior Vice-President, Customer Experience at Bombardier Business Aircraft in October 2006. He joined Bombardier in 1998 as Vice-President, Strategic Planning and Business Development and subsequently held senior positions within the Regional Aircraft and Business Aircraft business units related to marketing, program management, contracts, and product planning and strategy from 2000 to 2006. He was also Managing Director of Bombardier Flexjet Europe (now known as Skyjet International). He graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Mechanical Engineering and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the London Business School.

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2008, were $17.5 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at

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For information
Marc Duchesne
Bombardier Aerospace
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