Etihad Airways appoints interim group chief executive as Hogan stands down
Etihad Aviation Group has appointed Ray Gammell as interim group chief executive to replace James Hogan, who will leave the company on July 1.
The Abu Dhabi-owned company has also appointed Ricky Thirion as the group chief financial officer, replacing James Rigney who leaves on the same day, according to a company statement on Monday. Mr Gammell has been Etihad Aviation Group’s chief people and performance officer and has been a member of the executive leadership since joining the business in 2009, where he led the creation of a performance culture across the group, Etihad said.
“Ray and Ricky are experienced leaders and have the complete confidence of the board,” said Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, Etihad Aviation Group’s chairman of the board.
“Ray will now take full management responsibility for the Etihad Aviation Group, ensure a coordinated group approach and continue to advance the strategic review that was initiated by the board in 2016 to reposition the business for continued development in what we anticipate being a prolonged period of challenges for global aviation.”
Mr Al Mazrouei said the company is now in the “advanced stages” of recruiting a new group chief executive with an announcement expected to be made “in the next few weeks”.
Mr Gammell previously held executive positions at the Intel Corporation in the US and Ireland, Royal Bank of Scotland. He was also an officer in the Irish Armed Forces. He has been a chief officer at Etihad Airways for more than eight years.
* with Reuters
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