Chief Executive Officer
William Matthew "Willie" Walsh (born 25 October 1961) is an Irish airline executive. He is CEO of International Airlines Group, and has been CEO of Aer Lingus and British Airways.
May 2010. Re-elected June 2017
Key areas of experience:
Current external appointments:
Chairman of the National Treasury Management Agency of Ireland. Member of the IATA Board of Governors.
Previous relevant experience:
Chairman, IATA Board of Governors 2016-2017. Chief Executive Officer, British Airways 2005-2011. Chief Executive Officer, Aer Lingus 2001-2005. Chief Operating Officer, Aer Lingus 2000-2001. Chief Executive Officer, Futura (Aer Lingus’ Spanish Charter airline) 1998-2000. Joined Aer Lingus as cadet pilot in 1979.
International Airlines Group
International Airlines Group is one of the world's largest airline groups with 546 aircraft flying to 279 destinations and carrying around 105 million passengers each year. It is the third largest group in Europe and the sixth largest in the world, based on revenue.
Formed in January 2011, IAG is the parent company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. It is a Spanish registered company with shares traded on the London Stock Exchange and Spanish Stock Exchanges. The corporate head office for IAG is in London, UK.
In 2017, IAG launched LEVEL a new low cost long-haul airline brand that flies from Barcelona to four transatlantic destinations and will start flights from Paris in July 2018.
IAG combines leading airlines in Ireland, the UK and Spain, enabling them to enhance their presence in the aviation market while retaining their individual brands and current operations. The airlines' customers benefit from a larger combined network for both passengers and cargo and a greater ability to invest in new products and services through improved financial robustness.
British Airways and Iberia are members of the oneworld alliance.