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New chief at Virgin Atlantic

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Thu, January 10, 2013 - 11:16 AM

Virgin Atlantic Airways has a new Chief Executive.

He is Craig Kreeger  who takes up the top post on February 1, 2013.

Kreeger, 53, who has worked at American Airlines (AA) for 27 years,  succeeds   Steve Ridgway, who is retiring from the airline.

Kreeger  joined AA in 1985 as an analyst and was appointed Senior Vice President, Customer in 2012. He spent six years in London as Senior Vice President, International and was responsible for AA operations and sales throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific.

He has also worked on AA joint ventures with British Airways and Iberia across the Atlantic, as well as its partnership with Japanese Airlines in the Pacific.

Virgin Atlantic President, Sir Richard Branson said: “We are thrilled to welcome Craig to Virgin Atlantic – he is the right person to succeed Steve Ridgway at this dynamic and challenging time for our airline. We believe Craig has the experience and passion to drive Virgin Atlantic forward and capitalize on the opportunities created by our new venture with Delta Airlines.”

Kreeger said: “I am delighted to be taking on the role of Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Executive. It is a great airline renowned for its customer service and innovation. I have been competing with it for many years but have always admired its laser focus on its people, its products and its customers.  I am looking forward to working with the Virgin Atlantic team to build on Steve’s achievements and create the next exciting chapter.”

the outgoing Chief Executive said: “I am very pleased to welcome Craig Krieger to Virgin Atlantic as the new CEO. He will be taking over at a time when the airline enters a new phase.” (PR)

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