Arabian Hotel Investment Conference

April 2020 | United Arab Emirates

Speaker profile

James Hogan

Executive Chairman
Knighthood Capital Partners

James Hogan is the founder and Executive Chairman of Knighthood Capital.

Between 2006 and 2017, James served as President and Chief Executive of Etihad Aviation Group, which he built into a US$20 billion enterprise, achieving the mandate from his shareholders to build a world-class diversified aviation and travel group.

During this time, he also held positions as Vice Chairman and Board member of Alitalia, Airberlin, Jet Airways and Air Serbia, and was Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and a member of the IATA Board of Governors.

Prior to this, James was President and CEO of Gulf Air, and held senior executive positions at BMI, Forte Hotels, and Hertz. He served as a non-executive director and member of the Board’s Audit Committee of Gallaher Group and was also a member of the UBS Industrialisation Advisory Board. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aerospace Society.

Under James’ leadership, Etihad Airways was named Air Transport World’s Airline of the Year in 2016, the industry’s most prestigious independent accolade. In his personal capacity, he received numerous awards including Aviation Executive of the Year, 2012 CAPA Aviation Awards and the Executive Leadership Award at the 2013 Airline Strategy Awards, 2013. He was recognized among the Top 25 Most Influential Executives in the business travel industry by Business Travel News British Travel and Hospitality Industry Hall of Fame in 2014.

In 2017, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for ‘distinguished services to the aviation transport industry, to the development of tourism and trade linkages between Australia and the Gulf states, and to international airline associations.

 

Knighthood Capital Partners offers business advisory, capital structuring and investment services in the following sectors: Aerospace & Aviation, Travel & Tourism, Hospitality, Construction & Real Estate and Information Technology.