International Airlines Group has announced that Javier Sánchez-Prieto has been appointed chairman and chief executive of Iberia.
Sánchez-Prieto currently leads Vueling.
The move follows the decision by Willie Walsh to step down as chief executive of International Airlines Group and the subsequent promotion of outgoing Iberia chief Luis Gallego to lead the body.
Marco Sansavini, currently Iberia chief commercial officer, has been appointed chairman and chief executive of Vueling.
Walsh said: “I’d like to congratulate Javier and Marco on their new roles and am absolutely confident that they are the right people to lead Iberia and Vueling.
“Both have worked in the group for several years and have fantastic track records, proving once again that we have extremely talented people internally that we are able to promote to our top jobs.”
The moves are expected to be completed at the end of March.
Gallego said: “Both Javier and Marco have considerable knowledge and experience of the Spanish and international markets.
“I’m delighted that they will be part of my team when I take up my new role and I’m confident they will continue to develop their airlines’ successful strategies.”
Sánchez-Prieto has led Vueling for the past…