New chief exec for Etihad

Etihad Aviation Group is to appoint Tony Douglas as group chief executive officer. He replaces James Hogan who stepped down in July with Ray Gammell taking over as interim group chief executive. Gammell will return to his position as group chief people and performance officer.
Douglas will join the group in January 2018, and joins the carrier from the Ministry of Defence in the UK, where he was chief executive of the Defence Equipment and Support department.
Prior to that, he was chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Airports Company and of Abu Dhabi Ports Company.
Etihad chairman H.E. Al Mazrouei, said: “He has guided the transformation of large organisations in the UAE and the UK, and he understands the UAE and the region. He is also deeply knowledgeable about commercial aviation and keenly familiar with Etihad’s challenges and opportunities in a rapidly changing industry.”
Douglas commented: “Etihad is a force in global aviation that must continue to adapt and evolve on its own and with industry partners. It is an economic and employment engine for the UAE and the region. With new infrastructure and attractions like the expanded airport, Etihad has a central role in supporting the UAE’s position as a global hub of transportation, tourism, commerce, and culture.”