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Thursday 30 March 2017

Walsh back on board at Aer Lingus after 11 years away

Willie Walsh pictured picking up an airline award at an event with Aer Lingus cabin crew in 2003
Willie Walsh pictured picking up an airline award at an event with Aer Lingus cabin crew in 2003
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

IAG boss Willie Walsh is a director at Aer Lingus again - over a decade since he left the airline as chief executive.

Mr Walsh, who resigned from Aer Lingus in November 2004 and was subsequently appointed chief executive at British Airways, also comes on board as the old regime departs.

Filings at the Companies Office confirm that most other Aer Lingus directors, including chairman Colm Barrington and former Bank of Ireland governor Laurence Crowley, have now resigned as directors of the plc. Mr Barrington's term as chairman was set to expire this year.

Mr Walsh's appointment was confirmed on September 1, according to filings. IAG has completed its €1.4bn takeover of Aer Lingus. A former Aer Lingus pilot, Mr Walsh (53) was first appointed a director of the airline in November 2001 when he was made chief executive.

The Aer Lingus resignations also include Nigel Northridge, the former paddy Power chairman and current chairman of retailer Debenhams; and Nicola Shaw, who runs the High Speed 1 train link between London and the Channel Tunnel.

Stephen Kavanagh, the Aer Lingus chief executive, remains as a director. He'll continue to lead the airline for IAG.

Irish Independent

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