Saturday 21 October 2017

Aer Lingus appoints Stephen Kavanagh as new chief executive

IAG, the Britiish Airways owners, is looking to buy Aer Lingus in a €1.4bn deal.

Stephen Kavanagh (right)
Stephen Kavanagh (right)
The Aer Lingus board says the IAG takeover would bring benefits all round
Ailish O'Hora

Ailish O'Hora

Aer Lingus has appointed Stephen Kavanagh as its chief executive, he will replace outgoing boss Christoph Mueller.

He joins the airline at a time when IAG, the Britiish Airways owners, is looking to buy Aer Lingus in a €1.4bn deal.

Mr Kavanagh has been with the airline since 1988 and most recently held the role of chief strategy and planning officer.

He is a graduate of University College Dublin and he has worked in a variety of operational and commercial departments culminating in his appointment as an executive in 2006.

He was part of the Initial Public Offering team that brought Aer Lingus to market in that year and  served as Chief Commercial Officer from 2009 where he led improvements in retail and revenue management, partner and network development. 

Colm Barrington, Aer Lingus Chairman said: “Stephen has been a key member of the executive team that, over the last five years, has transformed Aer Lingus into a strong, profitable airline with a resilient business model and an improved cost base.”

 

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