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McArtor named chairman, CEO of Airbus U.S. unit

Allan McArtor, who heads Airbus U.S. commercial operations, will take over as chairman and chief executive of the overall U.S. unit of the European weapons and planemaker on March 1, replacing Sean O'Keefe, the company said Tuesday.O'Keefe, who turns 58 later this month, told Reuters he is resigning to focus on "a more aggressive rehabilitation regime" after he survived a 2010 plane crash in Alaska that killed five people, including former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens.O'Keefe, a former Navy Secretary, NASA administrator and Pentagon comptroller, said he made the decision with "great reluctance" after doctors told him that he needed six to eight weeks to recuperate from a recent back surgery, followed by several days a week of intense physical therapy.He will remain on special assignment with the company to oversee changes in the company's special security agreement with the Pentagon after a corporate restructuring.McArtor, a decorated Vietnam war combat pilot who later flew with the Air Fo...

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