Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Miles&Points > Airlines and Mileage Programs > British Airways | Executive Club
Reload this Page >

8 Sep : Willie Walsh steps down from IAG - Luis Gallego takes over

8 Sep : Willie Walsh steps down from IAG - Luis Gallego takes over

Old Sep 8, 20, 11:26 am
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: London
Programs: Many. Too many. I came here to cut them down. I failed.
Posts: 2,834
8 Sep : Willie Walsh steps down from IAG - Luis Gallego takes over

Why can I not see this mentioned yet (I have fear of missing the obvious when it comes to this forum)

https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/artic...hief-executive

Small quote as I believe is required:

Willie Walsh has retired from his role as International Airline Group’s chief executive after nine years.

Iberia chairman and chief executive Luis Gallego has taken up the role after IAG’s annual general meeting today. He will be tasked with adapting British Airways’ parent to aviation’s ‘new normal’.

Walsh had been due to step down earlier this year but delayed his retirement because of the pandemic.
I note Gallego has ample experience of low cost airlines....
Sam Bee is offline  
Old Sep 8, 20, 11:33 am
  #2  
Ambassador: Emirates Airlines
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Manchester, UK
Posts: 15,439
I wish Willie well for the future, for the cracking job he's done at BA. Well deserving of the pay off he'll get for turning BA / IAG into a very profitable organisation.

I'll be off back to the EK forum and return later...
DYKWIA is online now  
Old Sep 8, 20, 11:50 am
  #3  
FlyerTalk Evangelist, Ambassador, British Airways Executive Club
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Somewhere between 0 and 13,000 metres high
Programs: AF/KL Life Plat, BA GfL+CCR, Aclub Plat, Hilton Diam, Marriott Gold, blablablah, etc
Posts: 25,756
I'm more in the "good riddance!" camp. I find him a rather callous and toxic character with low ethical standards and no empathy or care for his staff (let alone customers but that is more to be expected).
orbitmic is offline  
Old Sep 8, 20, 12:03 pm
  #4  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: JER
Programs: BA Gold/OWE, several MUCCI, and assorted Pensions!
Posts: 30,246
He fulfilled his primary roles, which were to keep BA going and maximise profits for the shareholders,

CEO is not normally a popularity contest, and Staff and customers will always be secondary to those primary criteria.

Farewell, Mr Walsh. We SLF may yet possibly look back on your tenure as Ďthe good timesí.
Keystone likes this.
T8191 is offline  
Old Sep 8, 20, 12:30 pm
  #5  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Argentina
Programs: BAEC/IB
Posts: 38,262
Well done Wullie.

Wish he'd come over and sort out the mess the unions have left here.
HIDDY is offline  
Old Sep 8, 20, 12:48 pm
  #6  
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Programs: BA Gold, TP Gold, HHonors Diamond
Posts: 407
Obnoxious individual - good riddance and I speak from meeting him
hopefully IAG and BA can move forward ...
Telecasterman is offline  
Old Sep 8, 20, 1:05 pm
  #7  
BOH
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: UK
Programs: IC Hotels Spire, BA Gold
Posts: 7,701
Whatever he is like as an individual he has carried out his CEO role with dignity and professionalism. Some long, long overdue changes to working practices clearly needed to be made to be properly competitive for the future world and he has achieved this. Some good, loyal people have left the company but at the end of the day if this had not happened, BA's future existence would have been at risk.

At the end of the day it is down to very simple numbers. For any business to survive t's income has to exceed it's cost and WW has had the balls to implement something that very few others could have done. In reality he has probably been the visionary who has saved BA.
HIDDY and T8191 like this.
BOH is online now  
Old Sep 8, 20, 1:12 pm
  #8  
FlyerTalk Evangelist, Ambassador, British Airways Executive Club
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Somewhere between 0 and 13,000 metres high
Programs: AF/KL Life Plat, BA GfL+CCR, Aclub Plat, Hilton Diam, Marriott Gold, blablablah, etc
Posts: 25,756
Originally Posted by BOH View Post
Whatever he is like as an individual he has carried out his CEO role with dignity and professionalism.
Like the immensely dignified and rigorously professional exchange whereby Richard Branson and him entered a bet which winner would knee the loser in the groin?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/n...itish-Airways/

Last edited by orbitmic; Sep 9, 20 at 3:26 am
orbitmic is offline  
Old Sep 8, 20, 1:17 pm
  #9  
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: 1066 Country
Programs: BA Silver
Posts: 102
Out with the old boss, in with the new boss. Not sure much will change.
orbitmic and nancypants like this.
OddJobMan is offline  
Old Sep 8, 20, 1:26 pm
  #10  
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Programs: BAEC Gold
Posts: 926
Originally Posted by Telecasterman View Post
Obnoxious individual - good riddance and I speak from meeting him
hopefully IAG and BA can move forward ...
He wasn't employed to make friends, he was employed to get the job done (which he clearly did)

The Mrs T of the airline business.
Andriyko, sl1ppy, HIDDY and 3 others like this.
Agent69 is offline  
Old Sep 8, 20, 1:51 pm
  #11  
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: LHR, LGW
Programs: BAEC
Posts: 2,411
Iíd like to be pragmatic or sincere but I really canít (unusually) so good riddance. Heís got a beautiful, easy, secure retirement ahead with not a care in the world, only to keep himself healthy.

Back in the real world, sadly many of his staff have none of this luxury and are possibly broken, on their knees and out of jobs. Even shareholders now are possibly worried about their holdings.

I donít have much faith in the little I know about, newbie CEO, LG.

Perhaps BA needs to be stripped out from IAG and go it alone. We could call it BAXIT! But Iíll stop there before I cause havoc on the thread, if that comment doesnít already.
rockflyertalk is offline  
Old Sep 8, 20, 2:32 pm
  #12  
BOH
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: UK
Programs: IC Hotels Spire, BA Gold
Posts: 7,701
Originally Posted by orbitmic View Post
Like the immensely dignified exchange whereby RIchard Branson and him entered a bet which winner would knee the loser in the groin?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/n...itish-Airways/
Absolutely 100% yes. It shows he doesn't take himself seriously all the time and has a sense of humour. The extremely key point being that although WW lost the challenge, the forfeit did not take place. I'd forgotten about this but in reminding me, WW (and Branson) have both gone up in my estimation, thank you
BOH is online now  
Old Sep 8, 20, 2:48 pm
  #13  
Hilton Contributor Badge
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Cumbria
Programs: BAEC GGL/CCR, Hilton Diamond, Starbucks Gold
Posts: 4,452
Let’s hope some of those thinking this is a good thing don’t come to regret their words in the future.
Andriyko, wrp96 and bisonrav like this.
madfish is offline  
Old Sep 8, 20, 4:53 pm
  #14  
FlyerTalk Evangelist
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Argentina
Programs: BAEC/IB
Posts: 38,262
Originally Posted by Agent69 View Post
He wasn't employed to make friends, he was employed to get the job done (which he clearly did)

The Mrs T of the airline business.
Spot on. Goodness only knows what shape the UK or BA would be in if neither had come along.

The miners would still be striking and BA would probably have gone bust by now. Both arrived just at the right time.
HIDDY is offline  
Old Sep 8, 20, 5:29 pm
  #15  
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: MCO
Programs: AA, B6, DL, EK, EY, QR, SQ, UA, Amex Plat, Marriott Tit, HHonors Gold
Posts: 9,659
Meh. Don't let the door hit you on the way out Willie.
cmd320 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Search Engine: