May 11, 2016: James Hogan, who has served as Etihad Airways president and chief executive officer since September 2006, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Etihad Aviation Group.
Al Mazrouei, chairman, Etihad Aviation Group, said, “Etihad Airways has been steadily evolving into the Etihad Aviation Group for a number of years.
“This has been driven by the formation of new companies, including Etihad Airways Engineering, Etihad Global Cargo Management Company, the Global Loyalty Company, Hala Abu Dhabi, and Etihad Airport Services.
“The acquisition of minority equity stakes in Alitalia, airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional operated by Darwin Airline, Jet Airways, and Virgin Australia, has also necessitated the need for a dedicated team to manage our shareholding, and the delivery of wide-ranging synergies that are beneficial to all parties.”
Under the leadership of Hogan, the key Etihad Aviation Group functions will be led by James Rigney as group chief financial officer, Kevin Knight as group chief strategy and planning officer, Ray Gammell as group chief people and performance officer, and Robert Webb as group chief information and technology officer. These areas will provide leadership, governance and strategic direction in their expert areas across all companies in the Etihad Aviation Group.
Peter Baumgartner will take on the new position as chief executive officer for Etihad Airways and oversee the day-to-day running of Etihad Airways. Baumgartner will have overall responsibility for Flight Operations, Safety and Quality, Guest Services, Aviation Security, Sales, Network Operations, Etihad Airways Marketing, Etihad Airport Services - Ground, and Etihad Airport Services – Catering.
Bruno Matheu as the new chief executive officer for Airline Equity Partners will drive the identification and realisation of synergy benefits across the airline’s strategic partners. Matheu joined Etihad Airways in 2014 in the newly created role of chief operating officer Equity Partners. This role has been upgraded to chief executive officer level in recognition of the importance of partnerships.
Jeff Wilkinson has been appointed to this position of chief executive officer, Etihad Airways Engineering from his existing role as senior vice president Technical. Etihad Airways Engineering became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Etihad Airways in 2014 following the acquisition of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies. Today, Etihad Airways Engineering provides airframe and component maintenance services, along with Supply Chain Management and Design Engineering, to Etihad Airways, equity partner airlines, and third-party airlines.