shareholders pave the way for the appointment of Florence Parly as president of the group

The shareholders of Air France-KLM meeting at a general meeting (GM) voted, on Wednesday June 5, by more than 99% in favor of the appointment of former Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly to the group’s board of directors, including she should take the lead in a year.

Appointed independent director of the Franco-Dutch group last December, Florence Parly takes over the seat of Isabelle Parize, a first step which “is part of the perspective of the succession of Anne-Marie Couderc as president of the board of directors, at the latest at the end of the 2025 general meeting”the group led by Canadian Ben Smith said in December.

Having reached the age limit, the former minister of Jacques Chirac, aged 74, was due to leave this non-executive position in May 2023 but, in the absence of a successor, Air-France KLM had decided to modify the statutes to extend her mandate by one year, until the AGM of 2024. On Wednesday, the shareholders validated by more than 99% a new one-year extension of the mandate of Anne-Marie Couderc as president.

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The AG disrupted by environmental activists

Enarque, advisor to Lionel Jospin at Matignon in 1997 then Secretary of State for the Budget in 2000, Florence Parly knows Air France well, where she worked from 2006 to 2014 as director of investment strategy, before becoming director deputy general, initially in charge of the cargo activity before short-haul. She then joined the SNCF, then was appointed Minister of the Armed Forces in June 2017, a position she held until May 2022.

Like last year, the general meeting, which took place at the Hilton hotel in Tremblay-en-France (Seine-Saint-Denis), near Roissy – Charles-de-Gaulle airport, was disrupted by environmental activists, particularly from the Netherlands. “You must stop polluting the world and stop lying to us”launched one of them during the question-and-answer session, accusing the group of “greenwashing”.

They then sang songs during the shareholder voting session and threw paper airplanes, as shown in a video broadcast on X. “I apologize for the disruption, but on the other hand, it also allowed us to hear voices that we need to hear, given the challenges we face on the environmental level”replied Mme Couderc.

The World with AFP

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