IAG senior management changes

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British Airways Chairman and CEO Alex Cruz is to step down as Chief Executive and remain the airline’s non-executive Chairman.

Cruz became British Airways Chairman and Chief Executive in April 2016.

Sean Doyle, Aer Lingus Chairman and Chief executive, will become the new Chief Executive of British Airways, also taking over as Chairman after a transition period. Donal Moriarty, currently the airline’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, will become interim chief executive. A permanent appointment will be announced in due course.

Chief Executive of IAG Group subsidiary LEVEL, Fernando Candela, is joining the Group’s management committee in a new role of Chief Transformation Officer.

Announcing the changes, IAG chief executive, Luis Gallego, said: “IAG has proved itself to be one of the world’s leading airline groups with a portfolio of successful companies. We’re navigating the worst crisis faced in our industry and I’m confident these internal promotions will ensure IAG is well placed to emerge in a strong position.

"I want to thank Alex for all that he has done at British Airways. He worked tirelessly to modernise the airline in the years leading up to the celebration of its 100th anniversary. Since then, he has led the airline through a particularly demanding period and has secured restructuring agreements with the vast majority of employees.”

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