Just installed, Monday, September 17, in his armchair of general director of Air France-KLM, the Canadian Benjamin Smith has put the company’s franco-Dutch at the time of the anglo-saxon. The new boss has not hesitated to talk about money. His. A salary of 900 000 euros, supplemented by lavish bonuses, or a total of 4.5 million euros per year that had shocked the employees, which management continues to refuse an increase of 5.1 %.
In a video addressed to all the officials, he has promised to spend each year half of his salary to purchase shares of the company. “I’ve already made a personal investment as I settled with my family in France. Today, I decided to do another one, investing half of my pay fixed in the capital of Air France-KLM, ” said Mr. Smith. In total, it would spend all the years 450 000 euros to the purchase of securities of Air France. “It is a way of showing my confidence in our future success,” added the director general.
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Even more so than with this communication campaign, Mr. Smith has provided evidence that Air France-KLM had entered a new era, choosing to reserve his first interview to Philippe Evain, the boss of the national Union of airline pilots (SNPL). A gesture in which Jean-Marc Janaillac, ex-CEO of the group, had always refused since the beginning of the conflict. The interview committee was “extremely cordial,” said Mr Evain.