So, farewell then, David Jones, CEO of travel technology giant Amadeus, spending his last moments in the office today before retiring from the business.
Amadeus has had plenty to deal with this year that Jones's planned departure as CEO and president (announced in January 2010) has perhaps not had the headlines the exit of the top official perhaps usually gets.
The company confirmed the departure again today in a formal filing to the Madrid Stock Exchange.
Jones is replaced from tomorrow (January 1 2011) by Luis Maroto, current deputy CEO and another Amadeus veteran, having worked his way up through the money end of the company since 1999.
Maroto was until recently chief financial officer. He was replaced by Ana de Pro who joined in February 2010 having previous stints at Arthur Andersen, Metrovacesa and Sacyr Vallehermoso.
If Jones's last year, as widely predicted, was to steer the company successfully through its listing on the public markets in April 2010, then some may suggest he has ended his tenure on a relatively modest high.
Amadeus has increased it share price by around a third since listing in Spain and is expected to enter the IBEX35 of top blue chip companies in Spain, replacing commercial bank Banesto.