Etihad names CEO

Robert Strodel has been named as the CEO of Etihad Airways with immediate effect.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  July 5, 2005

Robert Strodel has been named as the CEO of Etihad Airways with immediate effect. The Austrian-born Strodel has been Etihad’s head of cargo since the carrier was launched and has quickly developed this section into one of the most profitable parts of the airline. “Robert Strodel has contributed substantially to the considerable success Etihad has enjoyed,” said H.E Dr Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nahyan, the chairman of Etihad Airways and director general of the Civil Aviation Department of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. “Our continued growth and ambitious long term plans make the appointment of a CEO a natural development and it is testament to our strength that we have been able to make this an appointment from within. Robert in his former role as head of cargo & mail has proven his ability to lead and his broad international experience make him the candidate of choice as we continue our expansion.” Strodel spent much of career at Lufthansa, including becoming the founder and managing director of Lufthansa Cargo India in 1996. In 2001, he founded his own aviation consultancy in Germany offering global aviation consulting services. “Our Etihad team of over 70 nationalities has achieved unprecedented success, “ said Strodel. “We look forward with optimism as we move to our next goal which will be marked by the arrival of our new fleet of planes built exclusively to Etihad specifications. Earning the support of our guests and clients here in the UAE and internationally is the essence of our business and we will fulfill our potential as a leading airline for the 21st century by total customer focus.”

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