Etihad Aviation Group appoints interim CEO, new CFO

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May 08, 2017: Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Aviation Group has appointed Ray Gammell as interim group CEO, it announced on Monday. Gammell will be replacing James Hogan, the current president and group CEO.

Hogan will leave the company on July 1, 2017.

Gammell, Etihad’s chief people and performance officer, will assume full management responsibilities of his new role immediately, a statement said.

Gammell is Etihad Aviation Group’s current chief people and performance officer and has been a member of the executive leadership since joining the business in 2009, where he has led the creation of a performance culture across the group.

A parallel handover will occur as Ricky Thirion assumes full responsibilities of the Group CFO, James Rigney, who will also leave the company on 1 July 2017. Thirion joined Etihad Airways in 2007 and is the current SVP Group Treasurer.

“Ray and Ricky are experienced leaders and have the complete confidence of the Board. Ray will now take full management responsibility for the Etihad Aviation Group, ensure a coordinated group approach, and continue to advance the strategic review that was initiated by the Board in 2016 to reposition the business for continued development in what we anticipate being a prolonged period of challenges for global aviation,” said HE Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Board of the Etihad Aviation Group.

Photo Caption: Ray Gammell

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