Mannion quits EK for Aer Lingus

Dermot Manion, Emirates’ president of group support services, is to quit the Dubai-based carrier to become CEO of Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  April 23, 2005

Dermot Manion, Emirates’ president of group support services, is to quit the Dubai-based carrier to become CEO of Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus. Mannion replaces Willie Walsh, who quit the Irish carrier in January following a row with the government over the airline’s future. Walsh was subsequently named as British Airways’ new CEO. Mannion, 47, joined Emirates as finance director in 1995, before taking on his current role in 1995. He has played a key role in the of US $20 billion worth of aircraft in recent months for Emirates, and he will now have to lead an overhaul of Aer Lingus’s long-haul fleet. "His highly relevant experience combined with his proven business acumen, financial skills and strategic capability uniquely position him to take Aer Lingus forward," Chairman John Sharman said in a statement. The furture status of Aer Lingus will also need to be resolved, ending the row that led to Walsh’s departure. However, the Irish government has said it will not put public money into Aer Lingus, feeding speculation that the airline will be partially privatised. Martin Cullen, Ireland's Minister for Transport, welcomed Mannion's appointment on Friday, telling Rueters. "He joins Aer Lingus at an exciting time for growth. I look forward to seeing the impact of his leadership on the future development of our national airline." Emirates, which will announce its annual results this week, is yet to make any comment on Mannion’s departure.

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