Ryanair’s Howard Millar has joined the board of Irelandia Aviation, the low cost carrier development company behind Ryanair in Europe, Tiger Airways in Asia, Allegiant in the USA , Viva Aerobus in Mexico and VivaColumbia in Columbia.
Millar, who was replaced as chief financial officer at Ryanair by Neil Sorohan in October, will join Irelandia’s adviosory board and will step down completely as a full time executive at Ryanair this month.
Howard also served as deputy chief executive to Michael O’Leary at Ryanair until October 2014. He has made no secret of his desire to become a chief executive. In an interview with Bloomberg yesterday he outlined his reasons for leaving the management team of the hugely successful from this month.
“Obviously, would I have liked to be chief executive of Ryanair?” says Millar. “Yes. Is that option open to me? No. We are in a five-year [incentive] programme. Michael has signed off for another five years, I would have had to sign off for another five years as well, which would have put me at nearly 59. You know [at that age] you’re really kind of moving towards retirement age in terms of being a frontline manager.”
Irelandia Aviation is described by its public relations team as the world's premier low cost carrier developer. It was established by the Ryan family and has successfully pioneered and developed five low cost carriers.