James Hogan was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways in September 2006, bringing more than 30 years’ travel industry expertise to the Abu Dhabi-based airline. He has overseen the rapid growth of the UAE’s national airline, which now serves 116 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas operating a fleet of 120 modern environmentally friendly aircraft. James has been named Aviation CEO of the Year by CEO Middle East Magazine and the CAPA Airline Executive of the Year 2012. He received the Executive Leadership Award at the Airline Strategy Awards in 2013 and was inducted into The British Travel and Hospitality Industry Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2015, he was ranked among the Top 25 Most Influential Executives in the business travel industry by Business Travel News. In December 2015 Etihad Airways was also named the 2016 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine. James started his career in 1975 at Ansett Airlines, and subsequently held senior positions with bmi, Hertz, Forte Hotels and Gulf Air. James is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He currently serves as Vice Chairman on the Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors. He also serves as Vice Chairman on the Boards of equity partners, airberlin, Air Serbia, Alitalia, and Jet Airways.