New Air France PR chief named

Air France UK has brought in a new communications manager, Anne Leroy-Sanguinetti, from its Paris headquarters to replace Bernie McCoy, who had held the post for ten years.

Air France UK has brought in a new communications manager, Anne

Leroy-Sanguinetti, from its Paris headquarters to replace Bernie McCoy,

who had held the post for ten years.



Leroy-Sanguinetti, who has been with Air France since 1982 in a variety

of PR and human resources roles, will manage the two-man press and

public relations team at Air France’s London headquarters and takes over

with immediate effect. She was previously in charge of training for all

Air France personnel based at Charles de Gaulle airport.



In her new role she will handle all media enquiries for both the

national and trade press and communicate Air France initiatives to the

airline’s 500 employees in the UK and Ireland.



’I’d like to be pro-active with the press. It’s not a judgement on what

happened before but we just need to get out and about and meet the press

more,’ she said.



Air France has been France’s state-owned national carrier since 1953,

but things are changing: 20 per cent of the company is being floated on

the Paris Stock Exchange.



Her first priority will be to introduce her general manager Isabelle

Koch and commercial director Thierry de Bailleul - both of whom are

relatively new to the UK and Ireland - to the press.



Bernie McCoy, who was employed by Air France for 37 years, retired last

week and has moved to Lebanon’s national carrier, Middle East Airlines,

as its sales development manager based in London. The airline operates

out of Beirut.



’His role will be calling on travel agents and operators to bring in

more business for Middle East Airlines,’ said a spokesman.



He added that McCoy may possibly be involved in the airline’s public

relations operations in the future.



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