Ryanair names new head as Michael O’Leary moves to group-level role

posted on 2nd September 2019 by Justin Burns
Ryanair names new head as Michael O'Leary moves to group-level role

Low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair has continued to reorganise its senior management team as Eddie Wilson has replaced Michael O’Leary as chief executive of the main airline.

This comes after the Irish LCC reorganised itself as a holding group company comprising of several airlines – Ryanair, its Austrian subsidiary Lauda, Polish unit Buzz, and Malta Air.

Wilson will take over as chief executive of Ryanair, the biggest carrier within the group. O’Leary will become chief executive of the holding company that oversees Ryanair, Lauda, Buzz, and Malta Air.

Wilson is a 22-year Ryanair veteran, and is now chief people officer, and has led negotiations with pilot and crew unions that Ryanair recognised in late 2017.

Ryanair DAC’s senior executives will report to Wilson, from today.

O’Leary reportedly told staff in a memo, that Wilson would take up his new role immediately adding “this will start a transition process over the next three months of taking over from myself”.

O’Leary added Wilson will report to him as group chief, joining the company’s weekly meeting alongside the chief executives of Buzz, Lauda and Malta Air.