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Chu to take over as oneworld chairman

Chu to take over as oneworld chairman

Ivan Chu, chief executive of Cathay Pacific Airways, has been nominated by the governing board of oneworld to serve as its chairman for the year ahead.

He succeeds Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, the parent of oneworld members British Airways and Iberia.

As oneworld governing board chairman, Ivan Chu will act as “first among equals” of the chief executive of the alliance’s member airlines in oneworld

Chu said: “oneworld is the world’s leading global airline alliance and I am very honoured to be asked to serve as Chairman of its Governing Board in the year ahead.

“I look forward to working with other board members to drive continuous developments of oneworld.

“We will never rest on our laurels.

“We will keep working to provide a seamless travel experience for the millions of customers who fly with oneworld every year.”

Ivan Chu was appointed chief executive of Cathay Pacific, which is a founder member of oneworld, in March 2014. 

He is also chairman of Hong Kong Dragon Airlines, an affiliate member of oneworld.

oneworld chief executive Bruce Ashby said: “We thank Willie Walsh for his leadership of oneworld as the alliance completed its biggest yet membership expansion and welcome Ivan Chu as his successor, as we move ahead on the next phase of our journey to establish oneworld firmly as the first choice alliance for frequent international travellers the world over.”