Ben pas vraiment ...
Il vient de dire qu'il restait encore un peu, le JL !
Quand il a reçu sa légion d'honneur today à Toulouse !
Vu par Gerfaut ! Sur A.web !
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Leahy sees several more years as Boeing's enemy no.1
(Reuters) - John Leahy, the American supersalesman who propelled Airbus from European upstart to the world's largest maker of passenger jets, disclosed he has no plans to retire for several years from a post which has made him Boeing's (BA.N) most visible adversary.
Leahy, 62, has been in charge of Airbus sales since arriving in Toulouse in 1994. Since then, the planemaker says it has sold more than 10,000 aircraft worth 1 trillion dollars at list prices, or four out of five of the Airbus jets ever built.
Speaking as France embraced the energetic New Yorker with a long-awaited honour, Leahy told Reuters he expected to stay on for some time, serving incoming Chief Executive Fabrice Bregier.
"I am 62 and I am going to retire at some point; I don't expect to retire in the immediate future, though," Leahy said in an interview. "I would expect to be here for several more years."
Since 1994 Leahy has increased Airbus's market share from 19 percent to 64 percent, served six Airbus chief executives and outlasted eight sales chiefs at Boeing, where he appears to relish his reputation as commercial enemy number one.
Recent record sales of a revamped Airbus model and the prospect of Airbus top management changes due in June, had raised questions over how long Leahy, a dominant figure in the $100 billion annual jetliner industry, would stay in his post.
Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders is due to replace Louis Gallois as head of parent company EADS (EAD.PA) in June.
His designated successor Bregier and Leahy are "not close but respect each other's ground," an Airbus executive told Reuters last year . Bregier is expected to announce his organization in the summer.
Leahy was named an Officer of the Legion d'Honneur in the New Year and received the award in a ceremony at the jetmaker's headquarters in Toulouse, southwest France, on Monday.
Representing a raw capitalism that is tolerated rather than adored in France, Leahy had until now been distant from the French establishment, not least because he never fully learned the language. But supporters felt the honour was overdue.
"I am not the first American to get it. Apparently Napoleon III's dentist got it; he was an American," Leahy said, referring to Thomas Wiltberger Evans, a colourful 19th century figure who helped the ruler's wife Empress Eugenie flee the Parisian mob.
"Maybe there is some commonality -- I get to relieve the pain of the French".