Emirates revamps commercial operations team
Dubai, July 2, 2012
Dubai's national carrier Emirates has announced a number of management changes to its commercial operations department, helping the airline to meet its demanding growth trajectory.
The changes include the creation of several new commercial management roles that will form a crucial part of the airline’s route development strategy, Emirates said in a statement.
Highlighting its commitment to the development of UAE nationals, 90 per cent of the appointments have been awarded to Emiratis, all of whom originally started their careers with Emirates’ UAE National Commercial Management Programme.
Between them, Emirates’ Commercial Senior Management team has well over 100 years of experience working for the airline, highlighting the longevity of a career with Emirates.
“The appointment of these talented individuals further underpins our commitment to the career development and progression of our valued employees. Promoting from within and shifting portfolios helps to stimulate new ideas and generate a fresh approach to growth,” remarked Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the chairman and CEO Emirates Airline & Group.
“As part of their new appointments these managers will be tasked with seeking out new commercial opportunities and driving revenue growth in our existing markets. I am confident that their tenacity to achieve will serve each of them well in their new roles.”
The new changes to the existing commercial team include the regional rotation of;
•Majid Al Mualla, appointed as senior VP of Commercial Operations (GCC, Middle East and Iran)
•Ahmed Khoory, appointed as senior VP of Commercial Operations (West Asia and Indian Ocean)
•Salem Obaidalla, appointed as senior VP of Commercial Operations (Far East and Australasia)
•Richard Jewsbury, appointed as senior VP of Commercial (Europe and Russian Federation)
•Khalid bel Jaflah, appointed as vice president (East Africa)
•Badr Abbas, appointed as vice president (Commercial UAE)
As part of the changes, Orhan Abbas has been promoted as senior VP Commercial Operations (The Americas); Essa Sulaiman Ahmad has been promoted to the post of vice president (India and Nepal) and Khalid Bardan has been named VP (Pakistan and Afghanistan). The new appointments will be effective from August 1.-TradeArabia News Service