Luis Gallego has taken up the position of chief govt of Worldwide Airways Group as Willie Walsh departs.
Walsh had been expected 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 govt of Iberia, stepped up earlier after the IAG annual basic assembly.
Gallego stated: “It’s an honour to grow to be IAG’s chief govt, following in Willie’s footsteps and constructing on all that he has achieved prior to now 9 years.
“It is a massively tough time for our trade.
“Not solely can we face the instant problem of Covid-19, however we should be sure that IAG is powerful and resilient when it emerges from the disaster.
“The group was in fine condition earlier than Covid-19 with a historical past of robust 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 turned Iberia chief govt in 2013.
Throughout his tenure on the airline, he turned it round, restoring profitability (earlier than Covid-19) in addition to bettering its effectivity, customer support and model.
Earlier than that, Gallego launched Iberia Categorical, as chief govt 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 position at IAG.