Zygos to search for new Aer Lingus chief

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Irish carrier Aer Lingus has engaged a recruitment company to help it to find a new chief executive, following the resignation of Dermot Mannion earlier this week.

The Zygos Partnership, a London-based firm, was appointed yesterday, Aer Lingus chairman Colm Barrington tells ATI.

He adds that Zygos' recent aviation experience included recruitment of the executive team running Gulf carrier Etihad Airways.

Barrington, who has assumed executive responsibility for Aer Lingus in the wake of Mannion's departure, says a new chief executive will be recruited "as soon as possible" and be in place within six months "at the absolute outside".

He declines to explain the reasons for Mannion's departure from the Aer Lingus top job beyond saying that the outgoing chief had "a different way of doing business" from him.