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James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Airways, has been recognized for his “outstanding strategic thinking and leadership”in winning the Executive Leadership category at the prestigious annual Airline Strategy Awards, held in London. The award was announced at a gala ceremony held at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and attended by hundreds of senior airline executives from around the world. The Executive Leadership Award was chosen by a panel of expert judges from the aviation industry after a thorough examination of Etihad’s performance in the last 12 months. In-depth analysis was conducted on the airline’s increased profitability, industry leading growth and unique new partnership strategy with other air carriers. The Airline Strategy Award follows Hogan being named CAPA Aviation Executive of the Year 2012 in which he was recognized for his “influence on the aviation industry, outstanding strategic thinking, and innovative direction for growth.”Etihad Airways in 2012 reported a 200% increase in net profits to $42 million on revenues of $4.8 billion, a rise of 17% on the previous year. Passenger numbers rose by 23% to more than 10 million and the air carrier contributed $2.3 billion of direct investment to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and $8.4 billion of indirect spend.

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