Cork man named chief executive of British Airways

Cork man named chief executive of British Airways

Cork man Sean Doyle has been named as the new chief executive of British Airways after less than two years as chief executive at Aer Lingus.

The announcement comes as the International Airlines Group (IAG) makes changes to their senior management teams across both airlines.

With the new adjustments, Youghal native Sean Doyle has been named as Alex Cruz’s replacement at British Airways.

Mr Cruz will be stepping down as chief executive after over four years in the role, but he will remain as the airline's non-executive chairman.

Speaking on the announcement chief executive of IAG, 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 worse crisis faced in our industry and I’m confident these internal promotions will ensure IAG is well placed to emerge in a strong position.” 

A graduate of University College Cork, Sean Doyle previously worked with British Airways prior to his move to Aer Lingus in January 2019.

When he joined British Airways in 1998, Mr Doyle undertook various roles and in September of 2016, he was appointed director of network, fleet and alliances before becoming Aer Lingus chief executive last year.

Luis Gallego commended Mr Doyle for an “excellent job” with Aer Lingus and said that he is confident that his good work will continue with British Airways.

“Over the last two years, Sean has expertly led Aer Lingus and has demonstrated exceptional leadership, composure and resilience during the unprecedented crisis that has been brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Mr Gallego.

“I would like to sincerely thank Sean for his leadership of Aer Lingus over the last two years,” he added.

Donal Moriarty is set to replace Sean Doyle at Aer Lingus as interim chief executive, with a permanent appointment to be announced “in due course”.

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