Bombardier has appointed a German executive with rail and aerospace experience to replace Andre Navarri as president and chief operating officer of Bombardier Transportation, its Berlin-based railway division.
Lutz Bertling, 50, who was selected following a global search, takes over June 3.
The nearly 60-year-old Navarri will become strategic adviser to CEO Pierre Beaudoin for a year until he retires from the company. The native of France joined Bombardier in 2004 as president and became chief operating officer of the transportation division four years later.
Bombardier spokeswoman Isabelle Rondeau said Navarri notified the company a year ago that he planned to retire.
Bertling joins Bombardier after heading the Eurocopter Group, a subsidiary of EADS, which also makes Airbus planes.
He previously worked at Adtranz, which Bombardier purchased from DaimlerChrysler Rail Systems GmbH. He earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1992.
Beaudoin said in a news release that Bertling’s experience in transportation and defence industries will reinforce Bombardier Transportation’s leadership position.
He also credited Navarri for transforming the rail division into a global leader.