TCI's Hohn Thrilled By 'Aggressive' EADS CEO

Nov 4 2013 | 12:11pm ET

The Children's Investment Fund has found itself in an unusual position with regard to the European Aeronautic, Defense and Space Co.: full-throated support for its management.

TCI took a 1% stake in the Airbus parent this summer, pushing it to rid itself of its 46% stake in Dassault Aviation. EADS is thought to want to do so, but is currently blocked from divesting itself of Dassault under a warehousing agreement with the French government.

Despite that potential setback, TCI chief Christopher Hohn last week offered lavish praise for EADS CEO Thomas Enders and his "aggressive" cost-cutting plans.

"We believe the company is in the process of doubling and tripling its profitability," Hohn told the Ira Sohn Conference in London.


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