Michael O'Leary (replaced by Kenny Jacobs, CMO at Ryanair)

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Michael O’Leary has served as Ryanair CEO since 1993. 


Born, in a stable at Christmas in 1961, he was a boy genius who excelled academically and in the sports field.  Having represented Ireland at bog snorkelling and flower arranging, he graduated from Trinity College Dublin as soon as they could get rid of him.  He became another boring KPMG accountant until divine intervention sentenced to him to lifelong servitude in the airline business, as he is manifestly unsuitable for employment in any properly functioning industry.


Due to his unique combination of rugged good looks, supreme intellect and innate humility, Ryanair has grown to become Europe’s favourite airline carrying over 104m customers in 2015, by offering Europe’s lowest fares (saving customers over €11 billion p.a.), with great service including the most on-time flights of any major airline. Ryanair operates from 74 bases across 31 countries, with a fleet of 320 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft, and a further 380 new Boeing 737 aircraft on order, which should allow it to carry over 160m customers annually by 2024. Ryanair currently employs a team of 10,000 outstanding aviation professionals, each of whom are dedicated to extending Ryanair’s industry leading 30-year safety record.


Unlike many successful businessman he holds no honorary doctorates or titles, since no respectable institution would wish to have its reputation tarnished by association. Bearing a remarkable resemblance to George Clooney’s younger brother, it is widely known that women find him (sadly) resistible!! 

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