Willie became chief executive of International Airlines Group when the company was created in 2011, having been chief executive at British Airways since October 2005. IAG combines Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia and Vueling. Willie is a regular visitor to Cranfield and a very generous guest lecturer to our students. Our collaboration with British Airways grew under Willie's leadership, and his vision to link the commercial world with academia led to a BA Boeing 737 aircraft being donated to us so that Cranfield students' research could be significantly enhanced. He received his honorary degree in July 2016.