James Hogan is to step down as president and chief executive officer of the Etihad Aviation Group in the second half of 2017.
Hogan, who took the helm of Etihad Airways in 2006, will join an investment company along with Etihad Aviation Group CFO, James Rigney, who is also leaving the company, and the search for replacements is underway.
Etihad Aviation Group board chairman, H.E. Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei thanked Hogan for his work, saying the company had grown from a 22 aircraft regional carrier to a 120 aircraft global airline.
He says: “Under his leadership, the company has provided new opportunities for thousands of Emiratis and has been a critical element in the remarkable progress of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. We look forward to James’ continued association with Abu Dhabi in new ways.”
Hogan adds: “Along with the Board and my 26,000 colleagues, I am very proud of what we have built together at Etihad and of the company’s substantial contribution to the UAE and to the development of Abu Dhabi.”
“The last decade has seen incredible results but this only represents a first chapter in the story of Etihad.”