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Encyclopedia > Rod Eddington

Sir Rod Eddington is an Australian businessman perhaps best known as CEO of British Airways from 2000 to 2005. He is currently a director of News Corporation, continuing his long association with that company. A Chief Executive Officer (CEO), or Chief Executive, is the highest-ranking corporate officer, administrator, corporate administrator, executive, or executive officer, in charge of total management of a corporation, company, organization or agency. ... For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: NWS, LSE: NCRA) is one of the worlds largest media conglomerates. ...

Eddington was born in Perth, WA in 1950. He was educated both in Australia and at Lincoln College in the University of Oxford, being the 1974 Rhodes Scholar from Western Australia. He played eight first-class cricket matches for Oxford in 1975 and 1976. The Perth skyline veiwed from the Swan River This article is about the urban area of Perth, Western Australia. ... Emblems: Floral - Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos manglesii); Mammal - Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus); Bird - Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) Motto: none Slogan or Nickname: Wildflower State Other Australian states and territories Capital Perth Government Const. ... College name Lincoln College Named after Richard Fleming, Bishop of Lincoln Established 1427 Sister College Downing College Rector Prof. ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford, England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... Superscript text Rhodes House in Oxford, designed by Sir Herbert Baker. ... First-class cricket matches are those between international teams or the highest standard of domestic teams in which teams have two innings each. ...

Early career

Eddington joined the Swire Group in 1979, working for its subsidiary Cathay Pacific, before being appointed Managing Director in 1992. Continuing his association with the airline industry; News Limited, subsidiary of News Corporation, appointed Eddington Chairman of Ansett Australia in January 1997. News Corp took control of the airline with TNT in 1979. Eddington was appointed Deputy Chairman of News Limited in September 1998. He was further promoted to the News Corporation board in September 1999. The Swire Group is a transnational corporation headquartered in London, England. ... Cathay Pacific Airways Limited (Traditional Chinese: ; Simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: ; abbreviation: 國泰/国泰) (SEHK: 0293) is an Asian commercial airline based in Hong Kong and operating scheduled passenger and cargo services to 102 destinations world-wide. ... News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: NWS, LSE: NCRA) is one of the worlds largest media conglomerates. ... Ansett Australia or Ansett was a major Australian domestic and international airline, flying many passengers around Australia and to many destinations in Asia at its height in 1996. ... TNT Air Cargo is an international cargo airline that operates from Papua New Guinea. ...

British Airways

Eddington replaced former BA CEO Bob Ayling on May 2, 2000. Early tests of his leadership were the abandonment of Ayling's corporate relaunch in early 2001, the Ethnic art tailfins, and the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington D.C. which proved disastrous for many airlines. Bob Ayling is a British businessman who has been involved in many high profile companies and organisations. ... May 2 is the 122nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (123rd in leap years). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... In 1997 British Airways adopted a new livery. ... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... NY redirects here. ... Aerial photo (looking NW) of the Washington Monument and the White House in Washington, DC. Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia (also known as D.C.; Washington; the Nations Capital; the District; and, historically, the Federal City) is the capital city and administrative district of the United...

Following a loss of £200m in 2002 Eddington's "Future Size and Shape" cost cutting programme allowed BA to report a profit of £135m in 2003, despite a decrease in turnover. Eddington declared: "These are good results in one of the toughest years in living memory", and while this can be expected from a CEO trying to reassure investors it was against a climate of the Iraq War and SARS. For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... Sars may refer to any of the following: Severe acute respiratory syndrome, commonly abbreviated as SARS Michael Sars, a Norwegian biologist, father of Georg Sars Georg Sars, a Norwegian biologist, son of Michael Sars Special Administrative Regions, commonly abbreviated as SARs Sars, Perm Krai, an urban settlement in Perm Krai...

BA's relatively steady performance in difficult times has not been without incident, the carrier has recently suffered embarrassing delays at its Heathrow hub which it blamed on staffing shortages, bad weather and technical difficulties.

Eddington stood down as Chief Executive Officer of British Airways on September 30, 2005 after more than five years in the position. He then returned to Australia to take up a position as the head of the Victorian Major Events Association, succeeding Steve Vizard. this page is a load of crap! Steve William Vizard, born 1956 in Richmond, Victoria and educated at Carey Baptist Grammar School is an Australian media personality and businessman. ...

He was knighted in 2005 for services to the aviation industry. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Later career

As of February 2006, Eddington was a non-executive board member of:

  • JPMorgan - Non-Executive Chairman For Australia And New Zealand
  • News Corporation - non-executive director of publicly listed Delaware, United States, based company
  • John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd. - non-executive director of Australian proprietary subsidiary of Hong Kong based privately held company, John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Ltd.
  • Rio Tinto Group - non-executive director of both publicly listed companies in the group

On 1st December 2006, Eddington published a government-sponsored report into the future of Britain's transport infrastructure. The Eddington Transport Study set out the case for action to improve road and rail networks, as a "crucial enabler of sustained productivity and competitiveness". The report's main conclusions were that Britain has transport networks that provide the right connections, in the right places, to support the journeys that matter to economic performance. But roads in particular were in serious danger of becoming so congested, the economy would suffer. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. ... News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: NWS, LSE: NCRA) is one of the worlds largest media conglomerates. ... Rio Tinto is a multinational mining and resources group founded originally in 1873. ...

At the launch of the report Eddington told journalists and transport industry representatives introducing road pricing to encourage drivers to drive less was an "economic no-brainer". There was, he said "no attractive alternative". It would cut congestion by half by 2025, and bring benefits to the British economy totalling £28b. Road pricing is term that refers to the charging for the use of streets and roads. ...

The report also called for a programme of improvements to existing road and rail networks, the expansion of key airports, and adoption of the general principle that travellers should pay for the external costs of the pollution and congestion their journeys cause.

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Rod Eddington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (301 words)
Sir Rod Eddington is Chief Executive of British Airways, the UK's premier airline and one of the largest in the world.
Eddington was born in Perth, WA in 1950.
Eddington declared: "These are good results in one of the toughest years in living memory", and while this can be expected from a CEO trying to reassure investors it was against a climate of the Iraq War and SARS.
BBC NEWS | Programmes | Breakfast with Frost | Interview with Rod Eddington, Chief Executive, British Airways (1119 words)
ROD EDDINGTON: It would be a major issue, obviously, for all the intercontinental airways, including us, British Airways.
ROD EDDINGTON: Yes it is and we understand that, not just because of apprehension but of course many major companies, who are important for us because they provide us with customers, have really had a tough time economically - banks, major corporates - and people just aren't travelling in the way in which they were.
ROD EDDINGTON: Yes but of course at that particular time, they may not have had the capacity to pay what they subsequently did.
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