Etihad names leadership transition duo

Airline group appoints interim CEO and CFO
Ray Gammell has been appointed interim chief executive officer of Etihad Airways Group, from his position of group chief people and performance officer.
He is assuming full management responsibilities from this week, replacing James Hogan, who has been president and CEO of the UAE’s national airline since September 2006 and who is leaving the company on July 1.
Gammell has been a member of the group’s executive leadership since joining the business in 2009, where “he has led the creation of a performance culture across the group”, Etihad said in a statement.
A parallel handover occurs as Ricky Thirion, SVP group treasurer, assumes full responsibilities of group CFO, replacing James Rigney who will also leave the company on July 1.
“Ray and Ricky are experienced leaders and have the complete confidence of the board,” commented H.E. Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, the 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 as being a prolonged period of challenges for global aviation.”
He added: “We have strengthened our group leadership with recent appointments and are now in the advanced stages of recruitment for a new group CEO. The board has been very pleased with the calibre of candidates and we expect to make an announcement in the next few weeks.”
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