Etihad Airways has appointed Ray Gammell as interim group chief executive with current boss James Hogan set to spread his wings on 1 July.
The airline said Gammell, the airline's chief people and performance officer, will "assume full management responsibilities from today". He has been a member of the executive leadership since joining the business in 2009.
Etihad is in "the advanced stages" of recruitment for a new group chief executive and said it will make an announcement in the coming weeks.
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There will also be a parallel hand over with Ricky Thirion taking over as chief financial officer, with James Rigney also leaving on 1 July.
Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, chairman of the Etihad board, said: “Ray will now take full management responsibility for the Etihad Aviation Group, ensure a coordinated group approach, and continue to advance the strategic review that was initiated by the board in 2016 to reposition the business for continued development in what we anticipate being a prolonged period of challenges for global aviation.”
Etihad announced president and group chief executive Hogan was leaving the airline back in January, amid the Abu Dhabi government-owned airline's strategic review into the carrier's operations.
Hogan had led Etihad for over a decade.
The news comes after it was announced that Alitalia, which was rescued by Etihad in 2014, has entered administration.
Etihad had invested €1.7bn for a 49 per cent stake in the Italian carrier in 2014 and had pledged investment to help the airline, which had struggled to make a profit, out of difficulty.
Rising competition from the likes of low-cost rivals in Europe, notably Ryanair, has been a headache for the Italian carrier.
While Alitalia adopted a restructuring plan in March that would have unlocked financing for the group, it was rejected by the airline's employees in a vote last month.