Aer Lingus has appointed long-time employee Stephen Kavanagh as chief executive to replace outgoing boss Christoph Mueller.
Mr Kavanagh (inset) takes the helm at the airline at a time when IAG, the British Airways owners, is seeking to buy Aer Lingus in a €1.4bn deal.
He has been with the airline since 1988 and most recently held the role of chief strategy and planning officer. A graduate of University College Dublin. Mr Kavanagh 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."
Mr Mueller is leaving to take up the chief executive job at Malaysia Airlines.