He succeeds Bruce Ashby, who announced in January that he would be stepping down from the role this summer after more than five years in the position.

Rob Gurney will join oneworld in October after leaving Gulf carrier Emirates, where he served as Senior Vice-President Commercial Operations The Americas.

He has substantial experience of airline alliances with much of his 25-year career in the industry spent with oneworld founding members British Airways and Qantas.

For four years until 2012, he was the Australian carrier’s Group Executive Commercial, with responsibilities for global sales and marketing including alliance relationships, which saw him serving as Qantas’ representative on the oneworld Management Team “Executive Board”, working closely with all oneworld’s member airlines.

As oneworld CEO, he will report to the alliance’s Governing Board, comprising the CEOs of all member airlines, and lead the central alliance team, which is based in New York.