Tennis, Hiking, Reading, Spirituality & Mindfulness for this WFS SVP

Published: Thursday, June 16, 2022

Born and raised in India, Mohammed Esa has been working for the last 30 years in many emerging markets, in global leadership, commercial and operational roles in the transportation and logistics industries.

“I have spent the last 18 years at Agility, living in Hong Kong, Dubai & finally settled down in Basel, Switzerland. In addition to that, I also spent 13 years at Emirates Airline, in various roles of Finance, Operations & BD,” Esa shared.

Esa’s favorite quote is from anything by ‘Rumi’ whose quotes transcend time and make you reflect. He also looks up to humble leaders like Mahatma Gandhi.

“I find that I am most in tune with my spirituality when I am doing an activity like playing tennis, hiking, reading or participating in mindfulness. Mental clarity, and a sense of calm is what I find most relaxing. I tend to gravitate towards activities that are calming in nature, and with meditation being incorporated into my weekly routine, I am more grounded and present in my everyday life.

“On weekends, I am usually reading 2 books simultaneously. I read to unwind at the end of a long day, spend time outdoors getting in a walk and some fresh air and occasionally cook as well. The evenings are also to catch up with the kids, hear their stories of the day and learn more about the world from them. They are an amazing source of knowledge,” Esa tells Air Cargo Update.

Esa who holds an MBA degree from Bradford University, UK. He was appointed this year as Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) Senior Vice President, Group Commercial Business Development & Strategy.

Esa, as he’s known to friends and colleagues, have spent the last 18 years at Agility Logistics, most recently as SVP Global Business Development & Global Lead Digital Customer Solutions. In this role, he was responsible for shaping and executing Agility’s commercial strategy, building long-term customer relationships across various industry sectors, and overseeing the deployment of new and emerging technology solutions.

At WFS, Esa’s mission is to develop and oversee the implementation of WFS’ commercial development strategies to ensure a fully integrated commercial approach to drive future growth. He will also help to identify and develop new lines of business and focus on the development of digital solutions which support WFS’ customer experience and organic growth.

Esa notes that if he weren’t an aviation guy he would probably have ended up as a sports commentator.

“Being a sports fan and an ardent follower of tennis & cricket, I would have probably ended up being a commentator or involved somehow in the operational running of one of these sports through youth academies, sports councils, etc.”