Walsh Back On Aer Lingus Board

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IAG Chief Executive and former Donabate resident, Willie Walsh has been appointed as a director of Aer Lingus, the company he left 11 years ago, to become boss of British Airways. His appointment comes after a major shake-up at the airline, which has seen most of the existing board being replaced.
A raft of resignations at the company, including those of chairman, Colm Barrington and Laurence Crowley, a former governor of Bank of Ireland, as well as most of the old guard, sees Walsh appointed to the board of directors. Mr Barrington’s term as chairman was set to expire later this year.
Fifty-three year old Walsh, who was previously appointed as a director of the airline in 2001, when he became chief executive told the County Leader, that becoming a director of his former company, was very satisfying to him. He said, “We are delighted to have Aer Lingus as part of IAG and I’m personally pleased to be back on the Aer Lingus board.”
He resigned from Aer Lingus in 2004, upon his appointment as Chief Executive of British Airways.
Stephen Kavanagh, the Aer Lingus Chief Executive will remain on as a director and it is expected that he will head up the airline for its new position within IAG.