Bombardier Inc. has named its former Learjet chief to head up its business aircraft division.
The Montreal-based company said Monday that David Coleal will be president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, effective June 15.
Coleal is executive vice president at Spirit AeroSystems, where he oversees Boeing, business and regional jet programs at the Wichita-based aircraft supplier. Spirit announced in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Monday afternoon that Coleal informed the company on May 12 that he would resign effective June 11.
Coleal came to Spirit in 2011 from Bombardier Learjet, where he was vice president and general manager since 2008.
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“He is recognized for applying lean and critical thinking to his business to improve execution, competitiveness and financial results,” Alain Bellemare, Bombardier Inc. CEO, said in a news release. “In his previous position as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Spirit Aerosystems, one of the world’s largest producers of aerostructures, David boosted productivity, reduced unit cost and enhanced the company’s product portfolio.”
Coleal replaces Eric Martel, who Bombardier said is leaving the company to pursue other career opportunities.
Spirit said in its SEC filing that Duane Hawkins, senior vice president of operations, will assume Coleal’s duties until a permanent replacement is named.