Luis Gallego has taken up the function of chief government of Worldwide Airways Group as Willie Walsh departs.
Walsh had been anticipated to step down within the spring, however prolonged his tenure because the Covid-19 disaster engulfed the aviation sector.
Gallego, who was beforehand chairman and chief government of Iberia, stepped up earlier after the IAG annual common assembly.
Gallego stated: “It’s an honour to change into IAG’s chief government, following in Willie’s footsteps and constructing on all that he has achieved up to now 9 years.
“This can be a vastly tough time for our trade.
“Not solely will we face the fast problem of Covid-19, however we should be certain that IAG is powerful and resilient when it emerges from the disaster.
“The group was in good condition earlier than Covid-19 with a historical past of sturdy worthwhile progress.
“My aim is to make sure that IAG adapts to the ‘new regular’ in aviation and builds on its strengths to safe a robust future for the group, our clients, shareholders and staff.”
Gallego grew to become Iberia chief government in 2013.
Throughout his tenure on the airline, he turned it round, restoring profitability (earlier than Covid-19) in addition to enhancing its effectivity, customer support and model.
Earlier than that, Gallego launched Iberia Categorical, as chief government from 2012.
He joined Iberia Categorical from Vueling the place he was chief working officer from 2009, when the airline merged with Clickair.
Gallego was born and raised in Madrid, Spain.
He and his household have relocated to London as he takes up his new function at IAG.