Dominic Kennedy, a member of the senior team at Virgin Atlantic Cargo, is to take over as managing director when John Lloyd leaves the carrier next month.

The airline had previously announced that the role would be taken up by David Geer, but internal changes on the passenger side mean he is now to become senior vice president revenue management and digital distribution.

Mr Kennedy is currently director for commercial planning for the cargo team, having joined Virgin in 2005, moving to Cargo in 2008.

Phil Maher, executive vice president operations at Virgin Atlantic, said: “As an airline we are extremely fortunate to have such a big talent pool and one of our biggest challenges is to always find the right opportunities to enable our best people to progress their careers with us. While I am confident David would have been a great asset to our cargo division, the sequence of events since this announcement has created another opportunity where his experience will be even more suited.

“This also means we are able to give Dominic this well-deserved promotion, knowing he brings a wealth of cargo knowledge and experience to the role having been a key member of our cargo leadership team since 2008.”

It is thought one of Mr Kennedy’s first challenges will be to start to work on the new transatlantic joint venture with Delta and Air France-KLM.

Mr Lloyd is leaving Virgin in mid-August after 30 years with the airline. While his future plans are not yet known, The Loadstar expects him to take up another senior position in the industry.

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