Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has appointed Clive Wratten as its new country manager for the United Kingdom.
He replaces Peter Dunkin, responsible for setting up the airline's London organisation in March 2004, who left the company ”to pursue other interests.”
Wratten brings a wealth of experience which he has gained during a 20-year career in the airline and corporate travel industry. He joins Etihad from his most recent role as head of international business group with UK-based Hogg Robinson Group (HRG).
Etihad Airways executive vice-president, sales and services, Geert W. Boven, said: ”The UK is one of the most strategically important markets for Etihad Airways and Clive's extensive experience and expertise will make a significant impact on our growth there.”
Before joining HRG, Wratten was the UK general manager for Gulf Air where he was responsible for restructuring the airline's UK brand, marketing strategy and distribution model. He has also held the positions of UK corporate sales manager for Qantas Airways and multinational business development manager for British Airways.
Wratten said ”Etihad Airways is one of the world's fastest growing airlines and I am relishing the opportunity of expanding its brand and operations within the UK market.”