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Published on October 12th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer

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Sean Doyle to Become New CEO of British Airways

In an announcement by IAG on Monday morning, the Aer Lingus Chief Executive and Chairman is to become the new Chief Executive Officer of British Airways. In the statement by IAG, who own both Aer Lingus and British Airways, said that BA chief executive Alex Cruz is to step down from the role. However, he will remain on as the airline’s non-executive chairman. Sean Doyle worked at British Airways for 20 years before moving to head Aer Lingus nearly two years ago. He will also take over the BA chairman role after a transition period.

Meanwhile, Fernando Candela, chief executive of Level which is also part of IAG, is joining IAG’s management committee in a new role of chief transformation officer. Donal Moriarty, chief corporate affairs officer at Aer Lingus, will become the airline’s interim chief executive. A permanent appointment will be announced in due course.

Speaking as the announcement of the new changes were made, 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. 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.”

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