Andrew Cahn, one of Europe’s leading Commission officials, is to join British Airways in a newly created post as Director of Government and Industry Affairs, with effect from June 5.
Mr Cahn, 49, joins British Airways from the European Commission where he has been Chef de Cabinet for Neil Kinnock, Vice President for Administrative Reform and formerly European Commissioner for Transport, for the past three years.
Reporting to Robert Webb QC, General Counsel, he will continue to develop the airline’s business and alliance strategy.
Mr Cahn will lead the airline’s initiatives in bilateral and multilateral negotiations both with the European Union and worldwide, and with trade and industry associations.
Robert Webb QC said: “I am delighted that Andrew has agreed to join British Airways bringing his unrivalled expertise in UK and European government affairs. There are exciting times ahead for the airline and I am sure that he is the man to ride this particular tiger.”
Andrew Cahn said: “After many years in public service I am looking forward to meeting the challenge of working in the private sector. I have spent my professional life in Whitehall and Brussels, my wife is American, and travel has always been my passion. What better place to choose than British Airways, a first class company with an exciting future.”