September 28, 2017: The Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Aviation Group found a new chief executive officer in Tony Douglas. The appointment of the new CEO was announced by the chairman of Etihad Aviation Group, Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei. Tony Douglas will join the company in January 2018.
Douglas joins Etihad from the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence, where he has served as CEO of the Defence Equipment and Support department, responsible for procuring and supporting all the equipment and services for the British Armed Forces.
In the UK, he held senior positions with airport operator British Airports Authority ( BAA, now Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited), and as CEO 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, 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.
Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Board of Etihad Aviation Group, commented, “We are delighted to have Tony return to Abu Dhabi to lead Etihad. He has guided the transformation of large organisations 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.”
As Group CEO, 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.
On the new role, Douglas said, “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.”
Ray Gammell, who has served as Interim Group CEO 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.”
Douglas will be supported by a leadership team which includes Ray Gammell, Ricky Thirion, Kevin Knight, Mana Mohamed Saeed Al Mulla, Henning zur Hausen, and Amina Taher.
The divisional CEOs will report directly to Douglas, including Peter Baumgartner, CEO of Etihad Airways; Chris Youlten, MD, Etihad Airport Services; Abdul Khaliq Saeed, CEO, Etihad Airways Engineering; Gavin Halliday, MD, Hala Group; and Robin Kamark who joins as CEO, Airline Equity Partners in October 2017.