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New vueling chief executive

International Airlines  Group (IAG) has appointed Javier Sánchez-Prieto  as the new chairman and chief executive of Vueling. He will  replace Alex Cruz who will become chairman and chief executive of British  Airways.

Javier Sánchez-Prieto is currently Iberia’s chief financial  officer. In his new role, he will report into IAG chief  executive Willie Walsh and join the IAG Management Committee.

Commenting on the new  appointment, Willie Walsh said: “Javier has an excellent track record at Iberia  and has been instrumental in achieving the airline’s financial turnaround. I’m confident  that he will continue the great progress that Vueling has made - the airline has  expanded profitably across Europe while remaining focused on keeping costs low.  Javier will develop that strategy and ensure that Vueling remains a dynamic and  innovative carrier”.

Javier Sánchez-Prieto said: “I’m delighted to have been asked  to lead Vueling. The airline has a strong, highly motivated team and we will  continue to ensure that it goes from strength to strength.”

Javier is a member of the  Vueling board and joined Iberia in 2013 having previously been chief financial  officer at Iberia Express since the airline was formed in 2012. Before that he  spent several years working at the Uralita Group in a variety of roles and at  Air Nostrum. He is a Bachelor in Business Administration from Universidad  Complutense de Madrid and has a degree in Technical Aeronautical Engineering  from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. He undertook post graduate studies at  ESADE Business School in Barcelona.

His replacement as Iberia  chief financial officer will be announced in due course.

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  February  26, 2016                                                                                                                              IAG03