Haruka Nishimatsu was confirmed yesterday as JAL Group's new president and CEO, with former group CEO Toshiyuki Shinmachi confirmed as group chairman. Shinmachi was pressured to relinquish the CEO title four months ago (ATWOnline, March 2). Nishimatsu, 58, formerly was senior VP-finance and purchasing and has spent most of his working life at JAL. "I adored aircraft. I had watched planes fly over Hamamatsu between Tokyo and Osaka since I was a small boy and was fascinated by them," he said. ...

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