British Airways FD in bid for top job

The finance director of British Airways, John Rishton, could be in line to take over the top job at the company after it was revealed that chief executive Rod Eddington was quitting his position to return to his native Australia.

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Rishton is one of two internal candidates, alongside marketing director Martin George, thought to be under consideration as Eddington’s replacement, although headhunters are also likely to be appointed.

Other names being linked with the chief executive role include, Willie Walsh, the former boss of Aer Lingus; chief operating officer of Cathay Pacific, Tony Tyler; James Hogan of Gulf Air; and James Beer, CFO of American Airlines.

A late summer or early autumn handover has been pencilled in by the company, according to The Guardian.

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