Former Irish Army man Ray Gammell surrenders Etihad CEO job to former British Army man Tony Douglas


Wicklow man Ray Gammell is to finish up at his position of Interim Group CEO at Etihad, with British executive Tony Douglas to take up the role of Group CEO in January 2018.

UCD-educated Mr Gammell was appointed to the interim post at Etihad Aviation Group, replacing James Hogan.

Ray Gammell of Etihad

Ray Gammell served as a captain in the Irish Army, and between 1990 and 1992 he trained members of the 67th Cadet class in Platoon Field Assessment, Fighting In Built Up Areas (FIBUA) and Infantry Light Support Weapons (ILSW).

His replacement is from London’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 English Armed Forces.

Tony Douglas has 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.

He also worked in the UAE, including 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.

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.”   He will return to his position as Group Chief People & Performance Officer.




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