“It has been a privilege to have been instrumental in the creation and development of IAG,” Willie Walsh commented as he announced that he was stepping down from the role of chief executive officer (CEO) at International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus. Walsh will leave the company on March 26 ahead of his planned retirement in June. Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1961, Walsh began his aviation career at Aer Lingus in 1979 as a cadet pilot, aged 17. He became CEO of Aer Lingus in 2001 after progressively moving up the career ladder, earning
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