Sunday January 26, 2020

Walsh leaves IAG after making a transformation

The former Aer Lingus chief executive earned a reputation as a ‘slasher’ but his approach paid off

Ian Guider

Markets Editor

9th January, 2020
Willie Walsh was once named as a potential successor to Michael O’Leary at Ryanair, but the only current forthcoming major vacancy in aviation is at Emirates

Two Irishmen have dominated European aviation over the past two decades. Michael O’Leary shows no sign of leaving Ryanair any time soon. Willie Walsh’s announcement today that he will leave IAG in June, however, marks the end of an extraordinary period when Ireland set the agenda for European air travel.

In many ways similar to O’Leary, Walsh had just a transformational effect on aviation. While O’Leary’s determination to cut costs was...

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