Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Colleagues Regret Loss of 'Dynamic Duo'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Colleagues Regret Loss of 'Dynamic Duo'

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IT IS 53 weeks since Willie Walsh took over as chief executive, and today he lost his commercial director and head of communications on top of long-serving operations director Mike Street and highly regarded finance director John Rishton, who left the company last year.

At a stroke, the last vestige of the heart and soul and indeed the corporate memory of the previous top brass at British Airways has de-boarded.

The departure of Martin George takes out an individual who was once not only seen as a potential rival to Walsh - at 43, he is one year his junior - but also one who in his role as sales and marketing boss took the management message to the airline's rank and file. In Iain Burns he has lost not only a garrulous publicrelations professional but one who, with George, knows where any BA skeletons may be buried.

Burns rejoined the airline five years ago, and he and George have long been regarded as a "dynamic duo" of seasoned firefighters in an industry seemingly never far from crisis. …

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