Out & About: Building Irish & American Business Links
By Irish America Staff
December / January 2017
The Ireland U.S. Council honored Willie Walsh, CEO, International Airlines Group (IAG) at its 54th annual dinner at the New York Metropolitan Club on November 10. Walsh, born in Dublin, began his career as a pilot for Aer Lingus and went on to became the company’s CEO. He eventually moved to British Airways where as CEO, he oversaw the merger of British Airways and Iberia forming IAG in January 2011.
Walsh, who was introduced by Brian Stack, President of the Council, gave a humorous speech relaying that he often gets mistaken for Michael O’Leary, the outspoken CEO of Ryan Airlines. He also apologized to President-elect Donald Trump for any disparaging remarks he may have said about him in the past.
The U.S. Council builds links between Irish and American business leaders and sponsors a number of scholarships and student internship programs. ♦