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Arrival and departure at Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus has announced the retirement of well-known solicitor and businessman Ivor Fitzpatrick from its board and the appointment of Mella Frewan as a non-executive director.

Ms Frewan is director general of the Brussels-based Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the EU.

Mr Fitzpatrick has been on the Aer Lingus board since 2002 and was also chairman of the airline's audit committee.

Aer Lingus chairman Colm Barrington said Ms Frewan's expertise would make a "major contribution" to the carrier.

Ms Frewan has a strong background in the food and agri sector, having previously worked as director for government affairs in Europe and Africa for agricultural and biotech multinational Monsanto. She was also international relations director with Cerestar, one of Europe's biggest starch producers.

Aer Lingus said the addition of Ms Frewan to the company was part of the airline's "ongoing commitment to best practice". The airline made two non-executive appointments last year -- Montie Brewer, the former president and chief executive of Air Canada, and Nicola Shaw, a director of the FirstGroup transport business.

Irish Independent