IoD Annual Lunch - speaker Willie Walsh

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The Annual Lunch this year is sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport and is the highlight of our autumn calendar and we have a great guest speaker in the shape of Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of International Airlines Group

Tel: 028 9068 3224

Email:
lorraine.corry@iod.com

Website:
www/iod.com/northernireland

IoD Annual Lunch - speaker Willie Walsh

18th October 2012


The Annual Lunch this year is sponsored by George Best Belfast City Airport and is the highlight of our autumn calendar and we have a great guest speaker in the shape of Willie Walsh, Chief Executive of International Airlines Group (IAG), a post he took up in January 2011 from British Airways, where he was Chief Executive from 2005.

 

IAG is the parent company of British Airways and Iberia, and is one of the world’s largest airline groups with more than 400 aircraft flying to 200 destinations and carrying more than 55 million passengers each year.

 

At British Airways, Willie guided the company to its first-ever 10 per cent operating margin in 2007 and introduced permanent changes across the airline to bring it through the worst recession in aviation history in 2008/9. He secured the airline’s long-term strategic objective to establish a transatlantic joint business with American Airlines and Iberia and set up the merger with Iberia that led to the formation of IAG.

 

Northern Ireland members will remember Willie from his time as Chief Executive of Aer Lingus, where he radically restructured an airline that was facing bankruptcy and heavy losses, culminating in the posting of an €107 million profit in 2004 that made Aer Lingus the most profitable state-owned airline in the western world.

 

At the lunch Willie will talk about the leadership challenges he has faced in his business career and his thoughts on the state and future of the airline industry.

 

The lunch will include a prize draw in aid of our charity of the year, Simon Community NI.

 

The pre-lunch reception starts at 12.15pm.


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