International Airlines Group (IAG) head of cargo Lynne Embleton will take over as chief executive of Aer Lingus from April.

Embleton will replace Donal Moriarty, who has been interim chief executive at Aer Lingus since October 2020 when then chief executive Sean Doyle moved to head IAG-owned British Airways.

She will take over at Aer Lingus on April 6.

Moriaty will return to his previous role as Aer Lingus chief corporate affairs officer.

Embleton has been chief executive and chairman of IAG Cargo since 2017 and previously held senior roles at British Airways, including managing director at Gatwick and chair of BA CityFlyer. She joined BA in 1992.

The announcement came ahead of IAG full-year results due tomorrow (February 26).

Announcing the changes, IAG chief executive Luis Gallego thanked Moriarty for “an excellent job during the most challenging year in Aer Lingus’s history”.

He said: “Lynne has huge experience within the Group. At IAG Cargo she has led the company as it adapted rapidly to the Covid-19 pandemic and made significant progress in digitally transforming the business.

“She has the skills to lead Aer Lingus through the pandemic and enable it to emerge in a strong competitive position.”