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.