Tony Douglas is Etihad's new group CEO

  • Tony Douglas is Etihad's new group CEO

Tony Douglas is Etihad's new group CEO

Douglas joins Etihad from his position as CEO of the British Defense Ministry's equipment and support department, which supplies and services the nation's armed forces. His acquisitive style built up the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, but two of the investments he made, in Air Berlin and Alitalia, are insolvent and going through major restructuring. He was Managing Director of the Heathrow Terminal 5 project, and subsequently CEO of London Heathrow Airport.

Douglas is no stranger to working in the United Arab Emirates or Abu Dhabi. Along with local rivals Emirates and Qatar Airways, Etihad has also been embroiled in a spat with USA competitors over whether it has benefited from illegal state aid, and has suffered as a result of American travel curbs links to concerns about terrorism.

Etihad Aviation Group chairman Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei said, "We are delighted to have Tony return to Abu Dhabi to lead Etihad".

Douglas, who formerly held positions including chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Airports Company and CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, will join the company in January 2018, Etihad said in a statement.

Douglas will replace Interim Group CEO Ray Gammell was with the company since May this year.

Gammell will return to his role as chief people and performance officer. The company agreed in July to sell its stake in Swiss regional operator Darwin Airline to Slovenia's Adria Airways.