Coronavirus: British Airways boss Alex Cruz steps down as industry faces ‘worst crisis’

Coronavirus: British Airways boss Alex Cruz steps down as industry faces ‘worst crisis’
British Airways (BA) chief executive Alex Cruz is stepping down from the role with immediate effect, owner International Airlines Group (IAG) has said.
IAG boss Luis Gallego said the shake-up came because the company navigated “the worst crisis faced in our industry” – which has seen demand crushed by the coronavirus crisis and thousands of jobs axed.
BA’s new chief executive are going to be Sean Doyle, who is being brought in from Irish carrier Aer Lingus – also a part of IAG.
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It was one among a series of management changes announced on Monday by Mr Gallego, who took over as IAG chief executive a month ago after the retirement of Willie Walsh.
Mr Gallego said: “We’re navigating the worst crisis faced in our industry and i am confident these internal promotions will ensure IAG is well placed to emerge during a strong position.”
He said Mr Cruz had “worked tirelessly to modernise the airline”, adding that he had also “led the airline through a very demanding period and has secured restructuring agreements with the overwhelming majority of employees”.

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