BA swoops on bus company’s finance chief

BRITISH?Airways (BA) has poached the finance boss of train and bus operator Go-Ahead to become its new chief financial officer.

BA said Nick Swift would join the flag carrier on 7 March next year, replacing Keith Williams, who becomes chief executive of the company when its merger with Spanish rival Iberia goes ahead.

BA’s current chief executive, Willie Walsh, will become chief of the new holding group under the merger, International Consolidated Airlines.

Swift, who began his career in financial management with Air New Zealand, said he was pleased to be returning to the aviation industry.

“Go-Ahead has been a great place to work and to get things done,” he said. “I definitely would have stayed longer if the role at BA hadn’t come my way.”

Go-Ahead’s chief executive Keith Ludeman, who is also stepping down in July next year, said Swift had managed to do a great deal in his time at Go-Ahead and wished him success.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Nick and we have achieved a great deal together,”?he said.

“I understand why Nick felt he couldn’t refuse this opportunity to return to the aviation sector and I?wish him every success.”