Virgin Atlantic have this week announced the appointment Shai Weiss as CEO, with the current Chief Commercial Officer due to take up the position on January 1st 2019 following the retirement of current CEO Craig Kreeger, who will stay in the role up until then to assist with the transition.
The move comes as the airline prepares to embark on its mid-range corporate plan, Velocity, in 2019 with the expanded four-way joint venture partnership between Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines and Air France-KLM at the heart of this.
"Ever since my appointment as CEO in February 2013, I set out to ensure Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays realise their full potential by empowering our people to provide a uniquely Virgin Atlantic service which truly delights and excites our customers. All this, as we made our partnership with Delta the natural choice for passengers across the Atlantic and transformed the financial performance of the Company," commented Kreeger.
"Shai has supported me closely since joining us in July 2014, serving as a valuable partner, as we embarked on making our Plan to Win a reality. As we embark on Velocity, I consider this to be the ideal time to pass the leadership baton to Shai and for me to begin a new chapter."
Virgin Atlantic President, Richard Branson, has been quick to praise the work of both Kreeger and Weiss, having worked with the both for some time.
"On behalf of the whole Virgin family, I want to thank Craig for the fantastic job he has done in leading Virgin Atlantic these past five years. He has focused our people on providing the best customer service by refreshing our onboard experience, bringing in new planes and bringing us closer to our partner Delta, opening more destinations and opportunities for our flyers," noted the Virgin Group founder.
"I’ve worked closely with Shai for more than a decade and know his drive, commitment and passion mean the airline and our amazing people are in great hands. The next few years are exciting as we build on the opportunities created by our expanded partnership with Delta and Air France-KLM to bring in more new planes and access to more routes."