Peter Baumgartner

Chief Executive Officer
Etihad Airways

James BioPeter Baumgartner was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways in May 2016.

Peter leads the core airline operation and is responsible for more than 14,000 employees in 121 countries. His role covers all strategy, planning and commercial functions, as well as flight, airport and cargo operations, corporate and aviation security, and UAE national pilot development.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Peter served as Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways from 2009. This role saw him lead the airline’s global commercial strategy and planning function, and oversee Global Sales, Marketing, Guest Experience and Guest Services, Call Centres, e-Commerce and Etihad Holidays. He was the guiding force behind the airline’s brand and customer strategy, including its award-winning loyalty programme Etihad Guest.

Peter has a wealth of aviation experience, having held a number of senior roles in Belgium and Switzerland, including senior positions at Swiss International Air Lines.

Peter completed his Matura in Mathematics and Science at MNG in Zurich, Switzerland. He holds a Federal Degree in Transportation Management from Zurich’s IST and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS).