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James Hogan

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates / Australia

CEO Etihad Airways, National Flag Carrier of UAE

Chairman: Aviation Travel and Tourism Governors, World Economic Forum Davos (2010)

Visionary of the Year 2010, CAPA Airline Exec of the year 2012

James Hogan has been at the forefront of the service and airline industry for the last 38 years. Since September 2006 he has overseen the transformation of the Abu Dhabi Etihad airways into the profitable global brand it is today.

James’s commanding presence in the field has seen him take leading roles in BMI (1997, 1999), as service director for the Grenada Group (1998) and as CEO of Gulf Air (2002-06) before bringing Etihad around to unprecedented growth since 2006.

He has been a key force in developing the first global ‘equity alliance’ with partner airlines; a strategy that has driven innovation in booking technology, aircraft engineering, product delivery and efficiency savings. Leadership which saw Etihad post a 2012 net profit of $42 million up from $14 million in 2011.

Widely recognised as one of the globe’s top aviation experts, James served as chairman of the Aviation Travel and Tourism Governors at the World Economic Forum, Davos (2010) and is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. His list of awards has seen him named Aviation CEO of the year 2008 and visionary of the year 2010; most recently he won the CAPA Airline Executive of the Year 2012 Award at the Centre for Aviation’s global awards for excellence and leadership in 2012.

Our Comment

"James is one of the world’s leading service executives, never afraid to push bold strategies and drive innovation. He deploys his sharp grasp of market realities to develop and deliver profitable ‘best in class’ brands. An eloquent speaker, he provides a fascinating insight into this key pillar of global infrastructure."

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