Sean Doyle, President and CEO of Aer Lingus, has been appointed CEO of British Airways, a position in which he will replace “with immediate effect” the Spanish Alex Cruz, who will remain as non-executive president of the airline, as reported today by the IAG group to which both companies belong, as well as Iberia , Level and Vueling.
Likewise, Fernando Candela, CEO of Level, will join the IAG management committee assuming the new position of transformation director. At Aer Lingus, Donal Moriarty, currently the airline’s director of corporate affairs, will become interim CEO.
Luis Gallego, CEO of IAG has said that “IAG has proven to be one of the world’s leading airline groups with a portfolio of successful companies. We are experiencing the worst crisis facing our industry and I am confident that these internal promotions will ensure that IAG is well positioned to emerge. in a position of strength. “
“I want to thank Alex for everything he has done at British Airways. He worked tirelessly to modernize the airline in the years leading up to its centennial celebration. Since then, he has led the company through a particularly demanding period and has reached restructuring agreements with the vast majority of its employees. “
On Doyle, he stressed that “He has extensive experience with British Airways, having worked there for 20 years before coming to run Aer Lingus almost two years ago, where he has done an excellent job. I’m sure it will continue to do so at British Airways. ”
Alex Cruz took over as Chairman and CEO of British Airways in April 2016. Previously, he was CEO of Vueling since 2009 when the airline merged with Clickair, a company Alex founded in 2006. He began his professional career at American Airlines, where he worked for 10 years before holding various management consulting positions in the airline and travel industry.
Sean Doyle joined British Airways in 1998 in various financial, strategic, commercial and alliance roles for the airline, culminating in 2016 with his appointment to the company’s management committee as director of network, fleet and alliances. Originally from Cork, he took over as CEO of Aer Lingus in January 2019.