Craig Kreeger has been appointed CEO of Virgin Atlantic Airways and will assume the role on Feb. 1, officials at the airlines has said.
Kreeger was previously at American Airlines and had a 27-year career there. He takes over at Virgin Atlantic from current CEO Steve Ridgway, who announced his retirement last fall.
The announcement comes four weeks after Delta Air Lines agreed to buy a 49 per cent stake U.K.-based Virgin Atlantic, which also have offices in Norwalk. Kreeger will be based at the head office in the UK, but will travel frequently to Norwalk, according to a company spokesman.
"He is the right person to succeed Steve Ridgway at this dynamic and challenging time for our airline," Virgin Atlantic President Sir Richard Branson, said in a statement. "We believe Craig has the experience and passion to drive Virgin Atlantic forward and capitalise on the opportunities created by our new venture with Delta Airlines."
Kreeger spent six years in London as senior vice president, International at American Airlines and was responsible for operations and sales throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Pacific.