Brazilian airline Gol’s Ferrer to take over as CEO

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA is seen on a tail of an airplane at Augusto Severo International Airport in Natal

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA said on Monday that Chief Operating Officer Celso Ferrer will become the Brazilian airline’s chief executive on July 1, succeeding long-time top executive Paulo Kakinoff.

Ferrer, 39, has worked for the company since 2003, having also served previously as chief planning officer.

Less than a week ago, Gol announced it was combining with Colombia’s Avianca under the roof of a common holding company called Abra Group, a deal that is set to create one of Latin America’s largest airline groups.

Kakinoff, who had been Gol’s CEO since 2012, will become a board member in the company, Gol added in a securities filing.

(Reporting by Gabriel Araujo; editing by Jason Neely and Paul Simao)