The Etihad Aviation Group Board of Directors today appointed Ray Gammell as interim Group CEO, and confirmed that James Hogan, current President and Group CEO, will leave the company on 1 July 2017.
Consistent with the company’s leadership
transition plan, Gammell will assume full management responsibilities from
today. Gammell is Etihad Aviation Group’s current Chief People &
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.
Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Board of the Etihad
Aviation Group, commented: “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.”
“We have strengthened our group leadership
with recent appointments and are now in the advanced stages of recruitment for
a new Group CEO. The Board has been very pleased with the calibre of
candidates, and we expect to make an announcement in the next few weeks.”
Ray Gammell was appointed as Interim Group
Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways Group in May 2017 from his position
of Group Chief People and Performance Officer.
He joined Etihad in 2009 as a member of the
Executive Leadership Team, developing and leading the company’s people strategy
to create a performance driven culture, enabling the growth of the business and
positioning Etihad as one of the most attractive employers globally and in
Ray has been responsible for driving the
award-winning Emiratisation strategy contributing to the total Emirati
workforce of over 3,000 which is the largest nationality among the 154
nationalities at Etihad Aviation Group.
Ray has 20 plus years’ leadership experience,
gained internationally across the technology, financial and government sectors.
He has held executive positions for the Intel Corporation in the US and
Ireland, Royal Bank of Scotland, and was an officer in the Irish Armed
Forces. He has been a Chief Officer at
Etihad Airways for over 8 years.
Ray is a chartered fellow at the Chartered
Institute of Personnel Development and holds a Masters Degree from University
Ricky Thirion Biography
Ricky Thirion has overseen the Group Treasury of
Etihad since July 2007. His areas of responsibility cover the treasury, corporate
and structured finance, tax,
insurance, payment solutions
and fraud management, as well as the property and infrastructure portfolio.
Prior to Etihad, Ricky held roles as Group Treasurer at South African
Airways and Managing Director in the Standard Bank Group.
Ricky holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical and
Aeronautical Engineering and is an Honorary Fellow of the Association of
Corporate Treasurers (UK).