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FILE -- In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, an Emirati man takes a selfie in front of a new Etihad Airways A380 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. On Monday, May8, 2017, the parent company of Etihad Airways tapped one of its own executives to take over for the outgoing CEO who oversaw the Gulf carrier's aggressive expansion and acquisition spree. The Etihad Aviation Group board of directors on Monday named Ray Gammell as interim chief executive, promoting him from his current post as chief people and performance officer. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
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Gulf carrier Etihad Airways names veteran exec interim CEO

FILE -- In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, an Emirati man takes a selfie in front of a new Etihad Airways A380 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. On Monday, May8, 2017, the parent company of Etihad Airways tapped one of its own executives to take over for the outgoing CEO who oversaw the Gulf carrier's aggressive expansion and acquisition spree. The Etihad Aviation Group board of directors on Monday named Ray Gammell as interim chief executive, promoting him from his current post as chief people and performance officer. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The parent company of Etihad Airways has tapped one of its own executives to take over for the outgoing CEO who oversaw the Gulf carrier’s aggressive expansion and acquisition spree.

The Etihad Aviation Group board of directors on Monday named Irish national Ray Gammell as interim chief executive, promoting him from his current post as chief people and performance officer. He joined Abu Dhabi-based Etihad in 2009.

He replaces President and CEO James Hogan, who is leaving in July. The acquisition effort he led saw Etihad buy up stakes in several airlines including struggling European carriers Alitalia and Air Berlin.

Alitalia now faces the prospect of liquidation after it just last week entered its second period of bankruptcy protection in a decade.

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