30/04/2010

Ex Aer Lingus High Flyer Paid €764K

Aer Lingus's annual report has revealed the part State-owned airline paid its former boss Dermot Mannion some €764,000 last year.

Mr Mannion left the company in April on a salary of €132,000. However, the report today shows he also received a contractual payment of €583,000.

The current Chief Executive Christoph Mueller, who was appointed in September, received €171,000.

The airline says no bonuses were paid to directors last year, while non-executive directors took two reductions in fees last year.

Meanwhile today, Aer Lingus has also announced the appointment of Trevor Jensen as Chief Operating Officer.

Mr Jensen, who served as Programme Director for the Flight Safety Foundation, will join Aer Lingus on 1 June.

His early career was with Qantas, where he spent over 25 years, training first as a pilot and reaching the position of General Manager of Operations in 1996. In addition he has held the position of Chief Operating Officer at Air New Zealand / Ansett and Jetstar and Head of Airline Operations at Qantas.

Christoph Mueller, Chief Executive of Aer Lingus, said: "We are delighted that a person of Trevor's calibre and experience is joining Aer Lingus as Chief Operating Officer.

"I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the valuable contribution of our Chief Engineer Mr Fergus Wilson who has held the post of Chief Operating Officer on a temporary basis in advance of Trevor's arrival into Aer Lingus."

No details of Mr Jensen's wage have been disclosed.

(DW/BMcC)

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