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Ryanair Announces New Board Appointments

By Dave Simpson
Ryanair Announces New Board Appointments

Ryanair has announced two new appointments to the board of Ryanair Holdings plc.


According to a statement published on, the board of Ryanair Holdings has appointed Austrian citizen Elisabeth Köstinger and Irish citizen Eamonn Brennan as non-executive directors, with their positions beginning on 1 April 2023.

Köstinger served as an MEP from 2009 to 2017, before serving as the minister for agriculture, sustainability and tourism in the government of Chancellors Kurz, Schallenberg and Nehammer, and subsequently retired from politics last year, to take up the position of chief executive officer of an Austrian ESG-fintech.

Eamonn Brennan previously served as the chief executive of the Irish Aviation Authority, as well as the director general of Eurocontrol from 2018 to 2022, and he has been a central figure in the European aviation sector for the past half-decade.

Statement By Ryanair Chairman

The statement published on quoted Ryanair chairman Stan McCarthy as saying, “We are pleased that Elisabeth and Eamonn have accepted our invitation to join the board of Ryanair Holdings plc from 1 April 2023. Elisabeth brings significant political, environmental and business experience, and is our first Continental European board member since 2013. Eamonn brings enormous aviation expertise to the board, as former CEO of the Irish Aviation Authority and DG of Eurocontrol. We look forward to both Elisabeth and Eamonn making a significant contribution to our board, as we develop our strategy for growth of low-fare services across Europe for the next decade.”


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