British Airways Boss Steps Down

Spanish businessman Alex Cruz to be replaced at the flag carrier by Aer Lingus chief executive Sean Doyle 

Alex Cruz has stepped down as chief executive of British Airways as the airline navigates the “worst crisis” the industry has ever faced. 

The 54-year-old, who will remain as the non-executive chairman for a transition period before Doyle takes on the role, has been in the top job since 2016 when he took over from Keith Williams. 

Simon Gregory
(Photo: Simon Gregory)

Other personnel changes at IAG include Fernando Candela, LEVEL chief executive, joining the group’s management committee in a new role of chief transformation officer, while at Aer Lingus, Donal Moriarty, currently the airline’s chief corporate affairs officer, will become interim chief executive. A permanent appointment will be announced in due course. 

Alex Cruz
Alex Cruz (Photo: British Airways)

Announcing the alterations, Luis Gallego, IAG chief executive, said: “IAG has proved itself to be one of the world’s leading airline groups with a portfolio of successful companies. We’re navigating the worst crisis faced in our industry and I’m confident these internal promotions will ensure IAG is well placed to emerge in a strong position.” 

Aer Lingus
Sean Doyle (Photo: Aer Lingus)

Gallego, added: “I want to thank Alex for all that he has done at British Airways. He worked tirelessly to modernise the airline in the years leading up to the celebration of its 100th anniversary. Since then, he has led the airline through a particularly demanding period and has secured restructuring agreements with the vast majority of employees.” 

Doyle will be returning to the flag carrier after just two years in charge at Aer Lingus. Prior to that, he had worked at BA since 1998.