New CEO for British Airways

- Leadership - Nov 06, 2015

International Airlines Group has announced that Alex Cruz is to replace Keith Williams as Chairman and Chief Executive of British Airways in April 2016 when Williams retires after 18 years at the airline.

Cruz is currently Chairman and Chief Executive of Vueling. In his new role, he will continue to report to IAG Chief Executive Willie Walsh.

In addition Steve Gunning, the current Chief Executive of IAG Cargo, will become Chief Financial Officer at British Airways.

Commenting on the new appointments Willie Walsh said: “I would like to thank Keith Williams for all that he has achieved at British Airways. It has been a great personal privilege to work with Keith for the last 10 years. Keith is not only British Airways’ executive chairman, he was fundamental to the creation of IAG. IAG is as much his legacy as is his leadership of BA.

“Under Alex Cruz’s leadership, Vueling has become a dynamic, innovative and cost-effective airline and Alex will bring new experience and insight to British Airways.  Steve Gunning will return to British Airways to support Alex as chief financial officer. He has been highly effective in setting up IAG’s first ever single business unit at IAG Cargo. The business is industry-leading with a ground breaking operating model and cost focus.”

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