International Airlines Group announced today that Aer Lingus chief executive Stephen Kavanagh will step down on 1 January 2019.
Mr Kavanagh, who was Aer Lingus’ chief executive four years and has worked with the company for 30 years in total, will remain on the airline’s board as a non-executive director.
Willie Walsh, IAG chief executive and Aer Lingus chairman, said: “Stephen has been an exceptional chief executive and has transformed and modernised Aer Lingus. After a 30-year career, he has decided to step down. We wish him all the very best for the future and heartfelt thanks for all his outstanding achievements. We’re delighted that Stephen will remain on Aer Lingus’ board and provide advice and guidance to the airline”.
Mr Kavanagh will be succeeded as chief executive and executive director by Sean Doyle who is currently British Airways director of network, fleet and alliances.
Sean Doyle, originally from Cork, will take up his new role on 1 January 2019. He joined British Airways in 2003 and has undertaken financial, strategy, commercial and alliance roles for British Airways culminating in his appointment to the airline’s executive management committee in 2016.