Aer Lingus chairman and CEO Sean Doyle to take over as CEO and chairman of British Airways.

International Airlines Group (IAG), which owns a large fleet of airlines, has named Irishman Sean Doyle as the new CEO of British Airways, taking over from Alex Cruz.

Doyle is currently the CEO and chairman of Aer Lingus. At Aer Lingus, Donal Moriarty, currently the airline’s chief corporate affairs officer, will become interim chief executive. IAG said that a permanent appointment will be announced in due course.

“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”

In other moves at the group Fernando Candelo, CEO of LEVEL, will join the Group’s management committee in a new role of chief transformation officer.

Turbulent times

“IAG has proved itself to be one of the world’s leading airline groups with a portfolio of successful companies,” said IAG CEO Luis Gallego. “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.

“Sean Doyle has extensive experience at British Airways having worked there for 20 years before moving to head Aer Lingus nearly two years ago where he has done an excellent job. I am confident that will continue at British Airways.”

At British Airways, Doyle held a variety of roles including financial, strategy, commercial and alliance positions, culminating in his appointment to the airline’s executive management committee in 2016 as director of network, fleet and alliances. He became chief executive at IAG owned Aer Lingus in January 2019.

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 12 October, 2020

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