International Cons Airlines Group IAG senior management team changes
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International Cons Airlines Group
12 October 2020
IAG senior management changes
International Airlines Group (IAG) is today announcing changes
to its senior management team with immediate effect.
-- Alex Cruz, British Airways chairman and chief executive, is
to step down as chief executive and remain the airline's
-- 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
-- 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
"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
"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.
"Fernando Candela, who has more than 25 years of experience in
aviation and excelled at both Iberia Express and LEVEL, joins our
management committee in the new chief transformation officer role.
He will coordinate change across the Group, focusing on creating a
company fit for a different future and ready to take advantage of
new opportunities. In the short term, he will also remain chief
executive of LEVEL until a replacement is appointed.
"As our new team comes together, we remain focused on making the
right operational and strategic decisions for the long-term benefit
of all IAG's stakeholders".
12 October 2020
Note to editors
Alex Cruz became British Airways chairman and chief executive in
April 2016. He was previously chief executive of Vueling from 2009
when it merged with Clickair, an airline Alex founded in 2006. Alex
began his career at American Airlines where he worked for 10 years
before undertaking various management consultancy roles in the
airline and travel industry.
Sean Doyle joined British Airways in 1998 undertaking various
financial, strategy, commercial and alliance roles for the airline
culminating in his appointment to the airline's executive
management committee in 2016 as director of network, fleet and
alliances. Originally from Cork, he became Aer Lingus chief
executive in January 2019.
Fernando Candela became LEVEL chief executive in September 2019.
He was previously chief executive of Iberia Express for six years
and, before that, director of planning and management control at
Donal Moriarty became Aer Lingus chief corporate affairs officer
in November 2017. A qualified lawyer, he joined the airline in 2009
as its company secretary.
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