Etihad appoints new comms chief

Etihad Airways, the National Airline of the UAE, has appointed lain
Burns as its new Vice President of Corporate Communications. He will report to the airline’s CEO, James Hogan, at Etihad’s Abu Dhabi
headquarters. Mr Burns, 48, previously held the same position for five
years at British Airways in London.

He joined BA in September 2001 from the public relations consultancy
Bell Pottinger, where he handled European and North American PR
programmes for Dubai-based Emirates.

 

“Etihad’s future growth and development means that both external and
internal communications will rise in importance, and Iain’s experience
in the aviation sector is ideally suited in telling the story of our
expansive agenda to the media and our own employees,” said James Hogan.

 

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Iain Burns left British Airways in October 2006, his second spell at the
airline having managed its Press Office in the late 1990s for three
years.

 

Prior to that lain Burns was the PR Manager for American Airlines in the
UK, and he held similar positions at both BM Heathrow and Manchester
Airport.

 

His corporate communications career began in the industrial sector at
British Nuclear Fuels Limited.

 

“This is an exciting time to join Etihad which has come a long way in a
short period of time and has great plans for the future. I am very much
looking forward to playing my part in articulating the airline’s
formidable strategy to a growing audience around the globe,” added Mr
Burns.

 

It is anticipated Iain will take up his new role in January 2007.


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