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BA Chief Exec to Talk At York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Dinner

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8:56am 31st January 2013

In December flights between Leeds Bradford International Airport and Heathrow were restored by British Airways (BA). Stronger air connections will help Yorkshire businesses reach out to new markets and will allow the world to get to Yorkshire more conveniently, say the Chamber of Commerce. Keith Williams, BA chief executive will cover this and other topics when he speaks at the Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Annual Dinner in Leeds tonight.


The Dinner, to be held at the Queens Hotel in Leeds, is a key date in the business diary and is regularly attracts senior business leaders from across the region say the Chamber of Commerce.


They add that Keith has held the role of chief executive of BA since January 2011 following the merger with Iberia and he also sits on the Board of the International Airlines Group. He played a leading part in the airline's achievement of a record operating margin in 2007, before steering it through the UK’s worst recession and masterminding a solution to its long-standing pensions deficit.  


At the Dinner Keith will speak about the importance of connecting Yorkshire to the rest of the world, outline how he sees the current business environment and the challenges facing BA, and provide his view on the economy from the perspective of a FTSE 100 company, say the Chamber. 


Leeds Chamber president, Nigel Foster will give his first speech of the year setting out the Chamber’s position on key policy areas and giving members his thoughts on how he sees the economy of 2013 playing out. Nigel commented: “We are delighted to welcome Keith to Leeds as the CEO of the UK’s flag carrier and one of the country’s most iconic brands. I am sure he will share his strong insights on the world economy and the opportunities opening up for our region from his organisation.”


The Chamber of Commerce also say that, returning by popular demand is entertainer, Alfie Moore. They describe Alfie as a versatile and distinctively humorous speaker with his niche area as a serving police sergeant. He is a natural raconteur and delivers a wealth of insights and comedy moments from his 18 years on the beat, they say.


The Chamber add that their annual dinner is an excellent opportunity to entertain clients and re-connect with existing business contacts, and that the event is sponsored by Leeds Bradford International Airport and British Airways.


Tickets are available for individual places or tables of ten. Anyone interested should contact the Chamber’s events team on 01904 567838 or email sarah.welsh@yourchamber.org.uk . Details also at www.yourchamber.org.uk


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