Etihad appoints new Group CEO

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Tony Douglas has been appointed to the position of Group Chief Executive Officer for Etihad, a role he will adopt in January 2018.

Douglas joins Etihad from the UK’s Ministry of Defence, where he has served as CEO of the Defence Equipment and Support department. He has also held senior positions with airport operator BAA, and as Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Executive designate of Laing O’Rourke. His roles with BAA included Managing Director of the Heathrow Terminal 5 project, Group Supply Chain Director, Group Technical Director and CEO of Heathrow airport.

Previously, Douglas has also held senior positions in the UAE, most notably as CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Company and as CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Company.

“Etihad is a force in global aviation that must continue to adapt and evolve on its own and with industry partners,” Douglas commented. “It is an economic and employment engine for the UAE and the region… Etihad has a central role in supporting the UAE’s position as a global hub of transportation, tourism, commerce, and culture.”

Chairman of the Board of Etihad Aviation Group, Al Mazrouei, remarked on the appointment: “We are delighted to have Tony return to Abu Dhabi to lead Etihad. He has guided the transformation of large organisations in the UAE and the UK, and he understands the UAE and the region.”


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