Aer Lingus promotes from within as Kavanagh named CEO

Aer Lingus Group has chosen Stephen Kavanagh to be its new chief executive officer (CEO) and an executive director of the company with effect from 1 March 2015, succeeding current CEO and executive director Christoph Mueller, will step down on 28 February to become CEO of Malaysia Airlines.

Kavanagh, a graduate of University College Dublin, joined Aer Lingus in 1988 and is promoted from his most recent role as chief strategy and planning officer for the airlines. Before that he served as Chief Commercial Officer from 2009 where he led improvements in retail and revenue management, partner and network development.

Aer Lingus chairman Colm Barrington commented, “Stephen has worked in Aer Lingus for over 26 years in a range of increasingly challenging roles and he has a commanding knowledge of both the company and the industry. I am particularly pleased that it has been possible and appropriate for an internal Aer Lingus executive to succeed to the position of CEO. Stephen has been a key member of the executive team that, over the last 5 years, has transformed Aer Lingus into a strong, profitable airline with a resilient business model and an improved cost base.”

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