Conte to quit Iberia

Passengers may be staying at home, but the summer months seem to have brought a flurry of high-profile airline executive moves.

The latest is the breaking news today that Iberia chairman and chief executive Fernando Conte has resigned and will be replaced by Antonio Vazquez Romero.

Conte.JPGIberia, which is in merger talks with British Airways, has yet to detail the reasons for Conte’s decision.

Fernando Conte’s involvement with Iberia began after the carrier was privatised in April 2001, when he became an independent director. He also served on the board of Amadeus from 2000-3.

For nearly three decades before he led Iberia, Conte worked for industrial conglomerate ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB), first serving in Latin America then rising through the ranks to become executive vice-president and chief executive of ABB’s Spanish operations.

 

Here is the story as reported on our breaking news sister site Air Transport Intelligence :

Iberia chief executive Conte resigns

David Kaminski-Morrow, London (09Jul09, 12:22 GMT, 67 words)

Spanish flag-carrier Iberia’s chief executive, Fernando Conte, has resigned from his post.

Iberia has confirmed that its board has “accepted the voluntary resignation” of Conte, in a statement to the Spanish stock exchange regulator CNMV.

It has named Antonio Vazquez Romero as chairman and chief executive in Conte’s place.

Iberia, which is in merger talks with British Airways, has yet to detail the reasons for Conte’s decision.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news

You can find an Airline Business cover interview with Conte, which we did in 2005, on this link

 

Other recent airline chief moves include:

-Samer Majali quitting Royal Jordanian to take the helm at Gulf Air, replacing Bjorn Naf

- Sir Michael Bishop bowing out of BMI

- Andrew Cowen leaving his role as chief of Kuwaiti carrier Jazeera Airways.

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