The Etihad Aviation Group Board of Directors appointed Ray Gammell as interim group CEO, and confirmed that James Hogan, current president and group CEO, will leave the company on July 1.
Consistent with the company’s leadership transition plan, Gammell has assumed full management responsibilities. Gammell is Etihad Aviation Group’s current chief people and 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 on an interim basis of the group CFO, James Rigney, who will also leave the company. Thirion joined Etihad Airways in 2007 and is the current SVP group treasurer.
Mohamed 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.”
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