Belfast Telegraph

Bombardier's NI boss promoted to company's top table as local workers agree 2% pay hike deal

By John Mulgrew

Bombardier's boss in Northern Ireland has been "given a seat at the top table" after being promoted, as the company says it is still facing "significant challenges" following a newly agreed pay deal for Northern Ireland workers.

Michael Ryan was promoted to a new role as president of aerostructures and engineering services.

It is understood he will continue working in Belfast and lead the team here.

"The promotion of Michael Ryan to this top-table global management role within Bombardier is an endorsement of his talent and hard work, and it is also a compliment to all of his team in Belfast," said Martin Craigs, chairman of Aerospace Forum Asia and former Short Brothers executive.

"This significant appointment should hearten all stakeholders in Bombardier, particularly airline customers.

"It also demonstrates that Northern Ireland-trained management can, if their ambitions allow, perform on the world stage, without fear or favour.

"Michael is well-respected within the global industry and will add great value to Bombardier top management."

Meanwhile, staff here have accepted a 2% increase in wages, after unions balloted members on a pay deal.

It comes after Bombardier slashed more than 1,000 jobs here over the past year.

A spokeswoman for Bombardier said: "Following negotiations between the company and trade unions, the unions balloted their members on a four-year pay offer tabled by the company.

"We can confirm that that offer has been accepted by the workforce.

"We still have significant challenges to address in terms of improving our competitiveness, but we will continue to work with our employees to protect the long-term future of our business."

Bombardier employs around 4,500 workers across Northern Ireland. The majority are based in Belfast and, among other work, produce the wings and parts of the fuselage for its C-Series passenger planes.

Speaking about the pay deal, Davy Thompson of trade union Unite, said: "We are glad to have reached agreement with Bombardier management on a multi-annual pay deal that has received overwhelming endorsement by our membership.

"The workforce voted by a 73.5% majority to accept the deal."

Michael Ryan is replacing Jean Seguin in his new role, who is retiring after a long career with Bombardier.

Mr Ryan joined the Canadian firm through the acquisition of Short Brothers plc in 1989.

In his new position, he will report directly to Montreal-based Bombardier boss Alain Bellemare.

Mr Bellemare said: "I am very pleased to announce Michael's appointment to Bombardier's senior leadership team.

"His strong leadership skills, deep experience in the aerospace industry and track record of execution make him the right choice to lead Bombardier's aerostructures business as we continue to transform our company."

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