The veteran chief executive will leave the company later this year, after a decade working at the airline, it was announced on Tuesday.
The Melbourne-born aviation chief joined Etihad Airways in 2006 and was tasked with building the new carrier. He put in place ambitious plans for global expansion and signed a massive $43 billion order for 205 aircraft in 2008.
Three years later he began to roll out his plan of buying equity stakes in strategic airlines around the world. It started in 2011 with a 29.21% acquisition of Air Berlin, followed by stakes in Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Air Serbia, Darwin Airline, Jet Airways & Alitalia.
In 2015 he launched the super-premium ‘The Residence', a three-room cabin complete with a butler, and hired Nicole Kidman to be the face of the airline.
He will leave in the second half of 2017 to join an investment company.