Fabrice Bregier (L), Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer and Tom Enders (R), Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Group, at the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse April 11, 2015. REUTERS/Adrien Helou
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Airbus rolled out a leaner new structure Monday, completing a recent merger between its parent company and its dominant plane-making arm, and including a shift in the reporting line for its key commercial sales team to group CEO Tom Enders. That move, which confirmed a Reuters report, raised concerns among some insiders and customers about a possible power struggle with long-standing airplanes boss Fabrice Bregier, though Airbus denied any tensions.In an unexpected adjustment reported by Reuters Friday, Airbus said its commercial sales team, best-known for contesting leadership of the jet market with Boeing, would now report directly to Enders and bypass Bregier.An Airbus spokesman called it a routine internal matter of reporting lines, as with any normal company.Enders had to wait another five years to become sole CEO of the group and another year beyond that to reduce the political influence of French and German government shareholders.
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