The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has officially confirmed that Richard Moriarty started his role as CEO today.

The CAA announced last year that it would promote Moriarty to the position in summer 2018 when Andrew Haines’ term drew to a close.

Moriarty joined the CAA in 2016 as group director of consumers and markets and deputy chief executive. Prior to this, he was CEO a the Legal Services Board and has previously held roles at Affinity Water, the Social Housing Regulator, the Postal Services Commission and the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets.

As Moriarty steps up, Paul Smith takes the role of group director of consumers and markets. An economist by trade, Smith joins from the Australian Energy Market Commission, where he was CEO. He has previously held positions at Ofgas (later Ofgem) and Postcomm (now Ofcom).

Dame Deirdre Hutton, chair of the CAA, commented: “Richard is an extraordinarily able leader and we are very pleased to confirm his appointment to the chief executive role.

“During two distinct periods working at the CAA, Richard has increasingly shown just what an able leader he is, perhaps no more so than during the time when Monarch Airways went into administration.

“We very much look forward to working with Richard and Paul in their new roles.”

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