LONDON (Reuters) – Luis Gallego, who took over as CEO of IAG
last month, stamped his mark on the airlines group on Monday by promoting Aer Lingus boss Sean Doyle to lead British Airways, replacing Alex Cruz with immediate effect.
It was one of a number of management changes announced by the Anglo-Spanish airlines group and marks a return to BA for Doyle, who worked as director of network, fleet and alliances before leaving for Aer Lingus in 2019.
Cruz had been BA boss since 2016 and will stay on as its non-executive chairman for a transition period, IAG said.
Doyle faces a huge challenge at BA, which like all airlines, is struggling due to low levels of flying during the pandemic.
IAG last month raised 2.74 billion euros ($3.24 billion) to reduce its debt and help it survive the pandemic.
“We’re navigating the worst crisis faced in our industry