Pierre Beaudoin Replaces Edwards at Bombardier

 - April 5, 2007, 10:55 AM

Bombardier disclosed yesterday that “effective immediately” Pierre Beaudoin, son of Bombardier chairman and CEO Laurent Beaudoin, would replace Peter Edwards as president of Bombardier Business Aircraft. The Montreal-based company declined to comment on what precipitated the sudden change at the top, with a spokesman saying only that Edwards, 49, “stepped down and left the company to pursue other interests.” On Feb. 1, 2001, Pierre Beaudoin similarly replaced Robert Gillespie as head of the business aircraft division before he was succeeded by Edwards in November 2001. In addition to his role as president and COO of Bombardier Aerospace, the younger Beaudoin will lead the business aircraft unit until a new president is appointed, the company said. “Pierre is very familiar with the business, and business aircraft has an excellent team on all levels,” the spokesman said. “We are going to take the time required to get the best candidate possible for that job. We don’t have any particular timeline and we will be evaluating internal as well as external candidates.”