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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.

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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.

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