Jack Foley, who heads the U.S. operations of Aer Lingus from its offices in Melville, is the subject of an online profile by IrishCentral.com.
"Jack has come a long way from his first job in the airline business, as a bag loader for Lufthansa at JFK," Irish Central writes.
"That job, however, paid for his bachelor of science and MBA in international marketing from St. John's University.
"In 1979, Jack joined British Airways and rose to the position of vice president of marketing in the U.S. In 1996 he was recruited by Aer Lingus to manage their TransAtlantic division."
The site says Foley is a second-generation Irish-American with roots in County Cork, and he is on the board of directors of the Ireland-U.S. Business Council.
Newsday covered Foley's move, back in 1997, to save money by bringing Aer Lingus' U.S. operations to Melville from Manhattan. The Newsday story's lead paragraph: "Call it the luck o' Long Island."