Airline company British Airways (BA) gets a new top man immediately. Alex Cruz, who faced many setbacks in his four years at the helm of BA, will be succeeded as CEO by Sean Doyle.
Doyle comes from Aer Lingus, the Irish airline that, like BA, is part of the International Airlines Group (IAG).
The changing of the guards of the companies is the first achievement of the IAG CEO, Luis Gallego, who took office last month. Cruz has been at the helm of BA since 2016 and will continue to be involved in the company as a non-executive director, it was announced on Monday.
The new CEO of the British national airline is facing a major challenge, BA, like all other airlines, has been in dire straits since the outbreak of COVID-19. The shifts in the management of the airlines are also related to this, according to parent company IAG. Cruz had to announce that 13,000 jobs will be lost at BA.
But he was also ultimately responsible at British Airways when the airline was fined $ 230 million for a data breach last year in which travelers’ data was exposed. And he was CEO when tens of thousands of travelers stranded as a result of an IT outage in 2017.
In addition, BA was confronted with a pilot strike for the first time in existence under his rule. That cost society more than 137 million euros.
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