Etihad Airways boss is flying high

Tayla Gentle / July 18, 2013 04:45 PM

Etihad Airways chief and Who’s Who entrant James Hogan has been named Executive Leader of the Year at the annual Airline Strategy Awards.

The judging panel, which included former Qantas boss Geoff Dixon, praised Hogan’s “outstanding strategic thinking” and commended his innovative leadership.

The awards, held in London and first launched ten years ago by the international magazine Airline Business, recognize excellence in aviation boardroom leadership, technology, marketing, environment and financial performance.

James Hogan

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Having taken up the position of CEO in late 2006, Hogan has overseen the Abu Dhabi-based airline’s rapid growth.

Just last year Etihad reported a net profit of nearly $42 million – up 200 per cent, and announced revenue stood at $4.8 billion, an increase of 17 per cent.

Hogan is known as a dynamic leader and forward thinker, demonstrated in 2008 when he signed off on the largest aircraft order in history, purchasing 205 vessels worth a staggering $43 billion.

However, it seems his brave decision making is working wonders for the airline.

Last month the carrier was given the green light to up its stake in partner airline Virgin Australia, raising it from ten per cent to 19.9 per cent.

The move would have been looked upon favorably by the judging panel who also took into account partnership strategies with other air carriers.

Under Hogan’s watchful gaze, Etihad has successfully strengthened its relationship with several key airline players, including Aer Lingus, Airberlin and Air Seychelles.

Speaking of this most recent award, Hogan said it was an honour for the whole Etihad Airways team.

“This recognition is the culmination of an incredible 12 months,” he said.

“We’ve increased our profitability, focused a great deal of energy on customer service while of course never taking our eye off safety, and powered forward with our strategy of developing the world’s first equity alliance airline.”

The award is not the first for Hogan, who was also named CAPA Aviation Eexcutive of the Year 2012.

Sources: Herald Sun, The Australian

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