Abu Dhabi, UAE – The Chairman of Etihad Aviation Group, His Excellency Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, today confirmed the appointment of Tony Douglas as Group Chief Executive Officer, who will join the company in January 2018.
Mr. Douglas joins Etihad from the United
Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence, where he has served as CEO of the Defence
Equipment and Support department, responsible for procuring and supporting all
the equipment and services for the British Armed Forces.
In the UK, he held senior positions with
airport operator BAA, and as Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Executive
designate of Laing O’Rourke. His roles under airport operator BAA included
Managing Director of the Heathrow Terminal 5 project, Group Supply Chain
Director, Group Technical Director, and CEO of Heathrow Airport.
Previously, Mr. Douglas held senior
positions in the UAE, most notably as CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Company and as
CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Company where he was responsible for the successful
delivery of Khalifa Port.
H.E. Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the
Board of Etihad Aviation Group, commented: “We are delighted to have Tony
return to Abu Dhabi to lead Etihad. He has guided the transformation of large
organisations in the UAE and the UK, and he understands the UAE and the region.
He is also deeply knowledgeable about commercial aviation and keenly familiar
with Etihad’s challenges and opportunities in a rapidly changing industry.”
As Group CEO, Mr. Douglas will work with
the Board and leadership team to expand and implement a range of strategic
initiatives to position Etihad for sustained success in an increasingly
competitive regional and global aviation market.
Mr. Douglas commented: “Etihad is a
force in global aviation that must continue to adapt and evolve on its own and
with industry partners. It is an economic and employment engine for the UAE and
the region. With new infrastructure and attractions like the expanded airport,
Louvre Abu Dhabi, and Abu Dhabi Global Market, Etihad has a central role in
supporting the UAE’s position as a global hub of transportation, tourism,
commerce, and culture.”
Ray Gammell, who has served as Interim
Group CEO since May 2017, said: “Etihad and its talented workforce have helped
to reshape global and regional aviation. With new challenges and new
opportunities, Tony will guide the company into the next phase of its
Mr. Douglas will be supported by an
experienced group leadership team which includes Ray Gammell, who will return
to his position as Group Chief People & Performance Officer; Ricky Thirion,
Interim Group Chief Financial Officer; Kevin Knight, Group Chief Strategy &
Planning Officer; Mana Mohamed Saeed Al Mulla, Chief Group Support Services
Officer; Henning zur Hausen, General Counsel; and Amina Taher, Vice President
The divisional CEOs will report directly
to Mr. Douglas, including Peter Baumgartner, CEO of Etihad Airways; Chris
Youlten, Managing Director of Etihad Airport Services; Abdul Khaliq Saeed, CEO
of Etihad Airways Engineering; Gavin Halliday, Managing Director of Hala Group;
and Robin Kamark who joins as CEO, Airline Equity Partners in October