Tony Douglas

Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group

Tony Douglas will take over as Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group effective January 2018.The former CEO of Heathrow Airport credited for the successful construction of Heathrow Terminal 5, London's Olympic Stadium and the massive Khalifa Port in Abu Dhabi, was most recently the head of the Defense

Equipment and Support department at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense responsible for procuring and supporting all the equipment and services for the British Armed Forces.His appointment as CEO to Etihad Aviation Group was announced by its chairman, Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei.

“We are delighted to have Tony return to Abu Dhabi to lead Etihad. He has guided the transformation of large organizations in the UAE and the UK, and he understands the UAE and the region. He is also deeply knowledgeable about commercial aviation and keenly familiar with Etihad's challenges and opportunities in a rapidly changing industry,” said Mr. Al Mazrouei in a statement released by the UAE government.

In the UK, Mr. Douglas held senior positions with airport operator BAA, and as Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Executive designate of Laing O'Rourke. His roles

under airport operator BAA included Managing Director of the Heathrow Terminal 5 project, Group Supply Chain Director, Group Technical Director, and CEO of Heathrow Airport.

Previously, Mr. Douglas held senior positions in the UAE,most notably as CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports Company and as CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports Company where he was responsible for the successful delivery of Khalifa Port. As Group CEO, Mr. Douglas will work with the board and leadership team to expand and implement a range of strategic initiatives to position Etihad for sustained success in an increasingly competitive regional and global aviation market.

“Etihad is a force in global aviation that must continue to  adapt and evolve on its own and with industry partners. It is an economic and employment engine for the UAE and the region. With new infrastructure and attractions like the expanded airport, Louvre Abu Dhabi, and Abu Dhabi Global Market, Etihad has a central role in supporting the UAE's position as a global hub of transportation, tourism,commerce, and culture,” said Mr. Douglas.

Ray Gammell, who has served as Interim Group CEO since May 2017, said: “Etihad and its talented workforce have helped to reshape global and regional aviation. With new challenges and new opportunities, Tony will guide the company into the next phase of its development.”

The Etihad Aviation Group's divisional CEOs will report directly to Mr. Douglas, including Peter Baumgartner, CEO of Etihad Airways; Chris Youlten, Managing Director of Etihad Airport Services; Abdul Khaliq Saeed, CEO of Etihad Airways Engineering; Gavin Halliday, Managing Director of Hala Group; and Robin Kamark who joins as CEO, Airline Equity Partners in October 2017.