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Etihad Airways confirms what the industry already knew

Etihad Airways’ badly kept secret regarding the identity of its incoming CEO has finally been revealed officially.

Etihad Airways’ badly kept secret regarding the identity of its incoming CEO has finally been revealed officially.

Former Gulf Air CEO, James Hogan, officially took the helm of the UAE’s national carrier at the beginning of October, following months of industry speculation that he would do so.

He replaces acting CEO, Geert Boven, and is also joined by James Rigney, the former head of corporate strategy at Gulf Air, who has been appointed as Etihad’s vice president of finance. Boven has resumed his former role; vice president, commercial, Etihad Airways.

Hogan is yet to make a statement as to his future plans for the burgeoning Abu-Dhabi based airline, but has signaled his commitment to driving the carrier’s fast-paced growth rate – 35 routes have been launched in as many months.

“While it is relatively young, Etihad has already established a reputation for energy and speed, which are evident in its unprecedented growth and the development of its state-of-the-art fleet and product. I believe we can build on these strengths to position Etihad as a leader in the international and local markets,” he said in an official statement.

Ian Ferguson-Brown, head of communications, Etihad Airways, told ATN it would be several weeks until Hogan announced his strategy for the airline to the media.

The Australian-born CEO joined the airline industry in 1975 with Ansett Airlines, and subsequently held positions with Hertz car rental, Forte Hotels, bmi British Midland, and most recently, Gulf Air, where he spent four years restructuring the company.

Having successfully implemented Gulf Air’s turnaround programme, Project Falcon, which involved a raft of changes including a re-brand, Hogan announced his work was completed and the time was ripe to “move onto new challenges”.

Since Hogan’s departure, Gulf Air has been silent as to who might take the CEO hot seat, and the market is also waiting for the airline to present its much delayed financial results.

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