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Bombardier Reshuffling Continues, CSeries Still Grounded

Another Bombardier executive has left the company, the latest move following a major restructuring announcement last month involving its aerospace division.

Montreal-based Bombardier, which has struggled with long delays and slow orders for its new CSeries airliner, has appointed Ross Mitchell to replace, Philippe Poutissou, who left earlier this week.

A spokesman said Mitchell is assuming the role of vice president of business acquisitions, effective immediately. Poutissou was vice president of marketing for the commercial aircraft division.

The move comes less than a month after Bombardier said it will cut 1,800 jobs and split its aerospace division into three separate units that report directly to chief executive Pierre Beaudoin: business aircraft, commercial aircraft and aerostructures and engineering services.

"Since then, there's been a lot of movement within the company," said spokesman Marc Duchesne. "There could be more."

Aerospace President Guy Hachey, often the face of the CSeries, also retired at the time of the restructuring announcement in July.

Last year, Bombardier replaced Chet Fuller, head salesman for the CSeries. Gary Scott, head of Bombardier's commercial plane unit and a champion of the CSeries, retired in 2011.

Bombardier hopes the CSeries, which claims superior operating and fuel efficiencies, will win a reasonable portion of the 100- to 149-seat jet market, but many airlines are taking a wait-and-see stance as it undergoes flight tests.

The new jet family will compete with the smaller aircraft made by Boeing and Airbus. It was supposed to enter commercial service around the end of 2013, but it is now due in the second half of 2015.

The CSeries has been grounded since late May following an engine failure. The company has repeatedly said the test planes will resume flying in the "coming weeks", but on Tuesday, Duchesne only said that Bombardier was still working with Pratt & Whitney and that things were going well and "moving in the right direction."