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03 Jul 2018

BY Edward Robertson


Etihad group undergoes boardroom restructure

The Etihad Aviation Group is undergoing a restructure as part of its ongoing process of modernisation at the airline.

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The shake up at the top is part of the airline's ongoing strategy

The changes will see the business reorganised into seven divisions, operations, commercial, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), human resources, finance, support services and transformation.


The business will be under the control of group chief executive Tony Douglas who also takes responsibility for Etihad Airways.


Etihad Aviation Group chairman Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei said: “As we approach our 15-year anniversary, the reorganisation and restructure of the group and leadership team will help us lay the foundations for Etihad to optimise its value as a world-leading group, streamline operations, and capitalise on opportunities, allowing the business to focus on improving its core operating performance.


“We recorded an improvement in our operating results for 2017 and are confident that we are back on track this year, strengthening our position group-wide after a period of consolidation, bolstering our presence in key global markets, and continuing to support Abu Dhabi’s growth in the aviation, trade and tourism sectors.”


The airline’s former chief executive Peter Baumgartner, who took up the role in 2016, has been appointed as senior strategic advisor to Douglas and will advise at group level on global partnerships and innovation.


In addition, Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad Airways executive vice president commercial, has been promoted to chief operating officer, and will be responsible for core areas including network operations, flight and technical operations, fleet engineering, aviation security and safety.


Robin Kamark has been appointed chief commercial officer having joined Etihad Aviation Group in April 2017 and will spearhead the overall commercial strategy of the airline, including cargo, sales and marketing, revenue management, customer service, network planning, and alliances.


Douglas said: “We are now well equipped to deliver our plans as a reinvigorated innovator brand, with an optimised and profitable network, technologically advanced fleet, and a strengthened position as the global airline of choice, run by a seasoned team of talented professionals.


“The eventual aim of this process is for Etihad to be in the best shape to ensure its long-term sustainability, enabling it to meet the challenges of an aviation industry in constant flux."

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