8. (3) James Hogan CEO, Etihad Airways Since joining Etihad in 2006, James Hogan has effected a startling transformation in the Abu Dhabi carrier’s fortunes to become one of the world’s leading airlines. The Australian confirmed earlier this year that Etihad will break even in 2011, and will fly to every continent by 2015. (ITP Images)
Willie Walsh has always been one of the most outspoken chief executives in the aviation industry but now having steered British Airways and Iberia back into the black, the Irishman is proving there is metal behind his words.