Bill Byrne is the Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Aer Lingus. In this role he oversees passenger sales from Ireland, North America, United Kingdom and Europe. He is based in both New York and Dublin. Prior to his role with Aer Lingus, Byrne was the Vice President of Inbound Sales for Hertz.
In that role he was responsible for sales of the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty brands from all global markets for rentals in the United States and Canada. Byrne also looked after all sales programs for Federal and state governmental agencies. Byrne enjoyed a 30-year career at United Airlines lastly as the Managing Director of Specialty Sales. In that role, Byrne was responsible for passenger sales in a number of specialized segments such as On-Line Travel Agencies, Military and Government Travel, Leisure, Meetings and Incentives, and Small Business Products. He also led sales of United Vacations. He has served on the boards of the Alliant Credit Union, the US Travel Association and Choose Chicago.
Byrne received a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago and a Masters and Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Byrne is a native of Chicago and a dual National of the U.S. and Ireland. He is married and the father of four children.