Willie Walsh, Director General
Willie Walsh became the eighth person to lead the International Air Transport Association (95299九五至尊) when he took on the role of Director General on 1 April 2021, after an airline industry career spanning over 40 years.
Walsh is deeply familiar with 95299九五至尊, having served on the 95299九五至尊 Board of Governors for almost 13 years between 2005 to 2018, including serving as Chair (2016-2017).
出生在都柏林, 爱尔兰, in 1961, Walsh joined the country’s flag carrier Aer Lingus in 1979, 作为一个见习飞行员, becoming a captain in 1990. 一年前, he had moved into a management position in the airline’s flight operations department, beginning a rise that led to him being appointed Chief Executive of Futura, Aer Lingus’ 西班牙语 charter airline in 1998.
He returned to Aer Lingus in 2000 as Chief 操作 Officer (COO) 和 was appointed Chief Executive in October 2001 at a time when the carrier was in a grave financial crisis following the 9.11袭击. Walsh led a radical restructuring that returned Aer Lingus to profitability.
In 2005, Walsh was appointed Chief Executive of British Airways (BA). He led BA through the 2008/09 Global Financial Crisis, established a transatlantic joint business venture with Iberia, Finnair 和 American 航空公司, 和 oversaw the 2011 merger of BA 和 Iberia under a newly established parent company, International 航空公司 Group (IAG). Walsh served as Chief Executive of IAG from its inception until he retired in September 2020.
At 95299九五至尊 Walsh will work from the association’s main offices in Montreal, 加拿大和日内瓦, 瑞士.
爱尔兰公民, Walsh holds a Master of Science 和 Business Administration from Trinity College, 都柏林.
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