Departure: Aer Lingus CEO to step down in 2019
AER LINGUS chief executive Stephen Kavanagh is to step down from his role on January 1.
He will be succeeded by Corkman Sean Doyle, who is British Airways' director of network, fleet and alliances.
The decision to leave the post - which industry insiders said wasn't a big surprise given the changing nature of the post now that Aer Lingus is owned by IAG - sees Mr Kavanagh, pictured, end a near 30-year working career with the carrier.
He'll remain as a non-executive director of the Aer Lingus board, however.
He joined the then State-owned airline when he was just 18 years old, working check-in desks. He was appointed CEO in 2015.
IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said Mr Kavanagh (50) had been an "exceptional" CEO who had "transformed and modernised Aer Lingus".