Bombardier Aerospace named Mike Arcamone, a longtime executive with General Motors (GM) who most recently headed the company's South Korea unit, as Bombardier Commercial Aircraft's new president effective Feb. 1. He succeeds Gary Scott, who retired last year (ATW Daily News, Aug. 25, 2011).

A native of Montreal, Arcamone has been with GM since 1980 and most recently was president and CEO of GM Korea. His experience in Asia, which Bombardier noted is a "key growth region" for commercial aircraft sales, will be particularly valuable, the Canadian manufacturer said.

Bombardier Aerospace president and CEO Guy Hachey said that Arcamone has had a "brilliant track record throughout his 30-year career in the automotive industry. He brings a unique background of international experience to our team. His hands-on leadership approach and wealth of experience in operations and program management will benefit our Commercial Aircraft business unit, especially as we drive towards bringing the CSeries aircraft to market."

Arcamone added that Bombardier Commercial Aircraft "is at a pivotal moment, both in ensuring the continued success of the Q400 NextGen and CRJ NextGen aircraft and in moving towards the testing and production of the CSeries aircraft."