Douglas has been with Etihad since 2018, and has been instrumental in turning around the fortunes of the airline.

A350-1000 Etihad MSN290 ferry flight - take off
Photo: Airbus

This article covers a developing story. Continue to check back with us as we will be adding more information as it becomes available.

Etihad appears to be in the market for a new airline CEO, as reports suggest current boss Tony Douglas is leaving the airline. It had been reported a couple of weeks ago that new Saudi Arabian startup RIA wanted to headhunt Douglas for the top job, it seems the hunt has been fruitful.

As reported in Arabian Business today, Douglas has accepted to the job offer. Citing ‘industry sources,’ the publication reports that Douglas has already informed Etihad shareholders of his decision to leave, and that the airline has instructed consulting firm Korn Ferry to find a replacement.

It is further noted that other Etihad senior executives could be tempted to leave alongside Douglas. However, the CEO says he will stay on at the Abu Dhabi carrier until a suitable replacement can be found.

As reported by Bloomberg yesterday, Etihad has already begun the process of headhunting for the top job. The outlet said that at least three senior aviation figures have been approached by a head-hunting firm, although no specific names were mentioned and no employment contracts have been offered.

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Tony Douglas has been in the top job at Etihad since 2018. Photo: Etihad

Source: Arabian Business, Bloomberg


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