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Airbus names new chairman, chief executive for U.S. unit

Airbus names new chairman, chief executive for U.S. unit

European aerospace giant Airbus announced Tuesday that Allan McArtor will take over as chairman and chief executive of the company's North American business unit when current chief Sean O'Keefe steps down in March.

O'Keefe, 57, is resigning to address medical issues stemming from injuries he sustained in a 2010 aircraft crash in Alaska that killed five people, including former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, Airbus said.

McArtor, 71, is currently chairman of Airbus Americas, which is the company’s commercial aircraft division in North and South America. He's held the...

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