Virgin Blue appoints new group executive for operations

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Australia's Virgin Blue group has appointed Sean Donohue as group executive operations with effect from 25 October.

"Donohue will oversee the group's operations division including the flight operations and engineering at Virgin Blue and V Australia," says Virgin Blue group CEO and managing director John Borghetti.

He will also monitor ground operations of the entire group network, safety, operations planning and New Zealand-based Pacific Blue.

"He will be responsible for leading our operational division to ensure it complements the group's overall growth strategy," says Borghetti.

"Donohue will head a division with more than 3,500 reports across diverse areas such as line operations across four different fleets; all mainline and regional airports; and security," he adds.

Prior to joining Virgin Blue, Donohue served as CEO designate for a global private group bidding on the privatisation of Midway Airport in Chicago, says Virgin Blue.