Published: Sun, October 01, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

UAE: British official Tony Douglas to head Etihad aviation group from January

UAE: British official Tony Douglas to head Etihad aviation group from January

Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad on Thursday appointed a senior British defence official who once ran the emirate's airports as its next chief executive, as it looks to staunch heavy losses.

Douglas is now head of the Defence Equipment and Support Department of the UK's Ministry of Defence, and will join Etihad in January 2018.

He also served as the airport operator for BAA, a company that operates some the UK's biggest airports and held the position of Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Executive designate of Laing O'Rourke, an global engineering enterprise.

Douglas will take over the charge of the new position in January next year, Etihad Airways said in a statement today. He was earlier CEO at Heathrow, having previously headed up the Terminal 5 expansion project there. "He has guided the transformation of large organisations in the UAE and the United Kingdom, and he understands the UAE and the region".

Douglas joins Etihad during a hard time for the airline.

"We are delighted to have Tony return to Abu Dhabi to lead Etihad".

Douglas is taking over from Ray Gammell who has been the group's interim boss since May.

Currently, Etihad Group's chief of support services Harsh Mohan is its nominee to the Jet Airways board. He formerly served as chief executive of Abu Dhabi Airports Company, a position he took up in 2013, and is also a former chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ports Company, the entity behind the development of Khalifa Port.

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