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IAG today announced a shake up of senior management – including the news that British Airways CEO, Alex Cruz, will be stepping down. The full changes are as follows:
- Alex Cruz, British Airways chairman and chief executive, is to step down as chief executive and remain the airline’s non-executive chairman.
- Sean Doyle, Aer Lingus chairman and chief executive, will become the new chief executive of British Airways and take over as chairman after a transition period.
- Fernando Candela, LEVEL chief executive, is joining the Group’s management committee in a new role of chief transformation officer.
- At Aer Lingus, Donal Moriarty, currently the airline’s chief corporate affairs officer, will become interim chief executive. A permanent appointment will be announced in due course.
Announcing the changes, IAG chief executive, Luis Gallego, said:
“IAG has proved itself to be one of the world’s leading airline groups with a portfolio of successful companies. We’re navigating the worst crisis faced in our industry and I’m confident these internal promotions will ensure IAG is well placed to emerge in a strong position.
“I want to thank Alex for all that he has done at British Airways. He worked tirelessly to modernise the airline in the years leading up to the celebration of its 100th anniversary. Since then, he has led the airline through a particularly demanding period and has secured restructuring agreements with the vast majority of employees.
With Willie Walsh gone from IAG, and now Alex Cruz from BA, it is clear that a new chapter is beginning.
Apart from his rather dashing high-vis jacket, how will you remember Alex Cruz’s time at British Airways? We have often given him a bit of a hard time here at InsideFlyer, but it is worth remembering that he has led some substantial (and positive) changes too – not least delivering the new Club World cabin.