Emirates announces new leadership team

Published: Monday, September 9, 2019

Emirates Airline announced recently new appointments to its leadership team, including a new chief commercial officer, chief operating officer, and a new divisional senior vice president for international affairs.

The Dubai carrier said it appointed Adnan Kazim as chief commercial officer, nearly four months after Emirates’ former CCO Thierry Antinori abruptly resigned from the role. Kazim has been serving as acting CCO since Antinori’s resignation.

It also named Adel Al Radha as the new chief operating officer, leading all operational departments in the airline including flight operations, service delivery, airport services, Emirates Engineering, crew manpower, aircraft procurement, and the Emirates Flight Academy.

Meanwhile, Shaikh Majid Al Mualla has been named divisional senior vice president for international affairs. He previously held the position of divisional senior vice president for commercial operations center.

Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive officer of Emirates Airline and Group, said all three appointees are experienced members of the company’s leadership team, with strong expertise and proven leadership abilities.

“These roles are strategically important to growing our customer base and developing our commercial strategies, delivering the best experiences across customer touchpoints, and progressing our business objectives through engaging with governments, regulators, and key industry bodies around the world,” he said in a statement.

The change in leadership at the carrier started in May when the chief commercial officer resigned just a day after Emirates reported a 69 per cent plunge in its net profit for the year ending March 31, 2019. The drop was on the back of higher fuel costs, currency challenges and competitive pressure.