Iberia Boss Luis Gallego to Take Over at IAG
Luis Gallego, currently chief executive of airline Iberia, will take over as chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG) later this year.
Gallego will replace current IAG chief executive Willie Walsh, who will step down on 26 March.
Gallego became chairman and chief executive officer of Iberia in January 2014, after becoming chief executive officer of the airline in March 2013. Earlier in his career, he launched Iberia Express, where he was chief executive from January 2012. Prior to that Gallego was chief operating officer at Vueling, which merged with Clickair.
At Vueling, he was responsible for flight operations, training, quality and safety, maintenance and ground handling operations with a fleet of 47 aircraft and more than 1,600 employees.
Gallego was one of the founders of low cost airline Clickair. Between 1997 and 2006, he held various positions at the regional Spanish carrier Air Nostrum. He started his career at BDE, an engineering and services company.
Antonio Vázquez, IAG chairman, said: “I am delighted that Luis will be promoted from this team to succeed Willie as CEO. Luis started his career in the airline industry in 1997 with Air Nostrum and, since 2014, he has been CEO of Iberia where he has led a profound transformation of this airline. The Board is confident that Luis is the right person to lead IAG in the next stage of its development and we look forward to working closely with Luis in his new role.”
He added: “Willie Walsh has led the merger and successful integration of British Airways and Iberia to form IAG. Under Willie’s leadership IAG has become one of the leading global airline groups. I am deeply respectful of what he has achieved as CEO of this group, of his sense of fairness, his transparency and his capacity to integrate people regardless of nationalities or backgrounds.”
Gallego said: “It has been a great pleasure to work with Willie over the last seven years. It is a huge honour to lead this great company. It is an exciting time at IAG and I am confident that we can build on the strong foundations created by Willie.”
Meanwhile, Walsh said: “I have had the pleasure of working with many exceptional people over the past 15 years at British Airways and at IAG. Luis has been a core member of the team and has shown true leadership over the years and I have no doubt he will be a great CEO of IAG.”
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