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rossbaku
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New BA Chief Executive

Mon Oct 03, 2005 2:37 am

Didn't know that Rod Eddington was on his way out of BA. Why is this? I hope it's not to do with the Gate Gourmet problems.

Anymore information would be appreciated.

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gg190
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RE: New BA Chief Executive

Mon Oct 03, 2005 2:41 am

Has been known for a while, his replacement is Willy Walsh, of Aer Lingus fame.
 
egmcman
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RE: New BA Chief Executive

Mon Oct 03, 2005 2:45 am

Quoting Rossbaku (Thread starter):
Didn't know that Rod Eddington was on his way out of BA. Why is this? I hope it's not to do with the Gate Gourmet problems.

Rod's retiring and Willie Walsh takes over on 3 October and it was decided long before the Gate Gourmet problems.

Cheers

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carduelis
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RE: New BA Chief Executive

Mon Oct 03, 2005 2:45 am

Where have you been over the past few months?

Rod has now gone and Willie Walsh has taken over

Likewise Mike Street has gone

Likewise John Rishton has gone . . . or is about to . . . '

I left 12 years ago . . .

Perhaps as search will give you a broader view?
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rossbaku
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RE: New BA Chief Executive

Mon Oct 03, 2005 2:56 am

Quoting Carduelis (Reply 3):
Where have you been over the past few months?

Lol *red face*. Oh well....that'll teach me to read the news more often!!

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PS. Cheers everyone for the info.
 
B747-4U3
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RE: New BA Chief Executive

Mon Oct 03, 2005 3:00 am

Rod was only going to do the job for 5 years. And now his time is up and he is retiring
 
whitehatter
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RE: New BA Chief Executive

Mon Oct 03, 2005 3:05 am

Goodbye Sir Rod and thank you. He leaves BA in much better shape than when he took over after Bob Ayling.

BTW today is Rod's last day, Willie starts on Monday morning. Wonder if he will bring his self-declared liking for Airbus longhaul aircraft and GE engines with him....? He is also an airline pilot who worked his way up through the EI ranks, and was not afraid to trade blows with the Government of Ireland.

Maybe if Willie had got his way and EI was sold to that management buyout it would be a Celtic Tiger by now.
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egmcman
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RE: New BA Chief Executive

Mon Oct 03, 2005 3:14 am

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 6):
Goodbye Sir Rod and thank you. He leaves BA in much better shape than when he took over after Bob Ayling.

I agree and he has done great job in difficult circumstances and improved industrial relations within BA.

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sky0000547
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RE: New BA Chief Executive

Mon Oct 03, 2005 3:55 am

Was it not reported on Departure Lounge travel program on BBC1 on Friday night that Willy Walsh already started at BA during the summer doing what they called 'Work Experience' earning £12,000 a week.
 
irishmd11
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RE: New BA Chief Executive

Mon Oct 03, 2005 4:55 am

Quoting WhiteHatter (Reply 6):
Maybe if Willie had got his way and EI was sold to that management buyout it would be a Celtic Tiger by now.

If my memory is correct your phrase has been mentioned a number of times by now(Flight Intl., amongst others).

It would appear that EI's loss will be BA's gain...

Cheers!

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whitehatter
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RE: New BA Chief Executive

Mon Oct 03, 2005 4:59 am

Quoting Sky0000547 (Reply 8):
Was it not reported on Departure Lounge travel program on BBC1 on Friday night that Willy Walsh already started at BA during the summer doing what they called 'Work Experience' earning £12,000 a week.

He has been 'shadowing' Sir Rod for a while now. That means he is up to speed as soon as he gets into his new office, so in my opinion that is money well spent.

No transition period where the new CEO is going to be finding his bearings and having to learn the basic facts about BA operations.
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RE: New BA Chief Executive

Mon Oct 03, 2005 5:44 am

I wonder if there will be any changes to the BA livery or brand with the leadership change. I suppose I doubt it, given BA's historical conservatism with such matters in the past and the fact that the Union Jack tail was standardized only around, what, ca. 1999.

Someone will inevitably raise the question...just thought I'd ask.
 
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RE: New BA Chief Executive

Mon Oct 03, 2005 6:10 am

Quoting IrishMD11 (Reply 9):
If my memory is correct your phrase has been mentioned a number of times by now(Flight Intl., amongst others).

It would appear that EI's loss will be BA's gain...

Even Mr O'Leary admitted to this.

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