Thursday 19 October 2017

Former Irish army officer gets top job at Etihad Airways

Ray Gammell and Ricky Thirion
Ray Gammell and Ricky Thirion
Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

Former Irish Army officer Ray Gammell has been appointed interim CEO of ABU Dhabi's Etihad Airways, one of the most senior jobs in the sector world wide.

He'll take over immediately from Australian James Hogan, current president and group CEO who will leave the company on 1 July 2017 following a handover period. 

Ray Gammell was previously Etihad's "chief people and performance officer", a job he took up in 2009 having served as RBS' head of HR for Europe and the Middle East. At Etihad he has been responsible for a workforce drawn from 154 nationalities., including

driving a so called Emiratisation strategy to boost the total Emirati workforce of over 3,000 at Etihad Aviation Group.

The former Irish Army officer held executive positions at Intel in the US and Ireland, as well as a RBS, before joining the airline. He is a chartered fellow at the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and holds a Masters Degree from University College Dublin.

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