Dubai’s Emirates hires new COO, CCO

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Sep 5, 2019: Adel Al Redha has been named as the chief operating officer of Emirates, as part of changes in the top management at the Dubai-based airline.

Meanwhile, it also appointed Adnan Kazim as the chief commercial officer and Sheikh Majid Al Mualla as the Divisional senior vice president, International Affairs.

Al Redha, who served as the executive vice president since 2013, will now head all operational departments: Flight Operations, Service Delivery, Airport Services, Emirates Engineering, Crew manpower, aircraft procurement and the Emirates Flight Training Academy; as well as worldwide network operations including crisis response.

In addition to this, Emirates finally confirmed the new hiring for the CCO role, which has been vacant ever since Thierry Antinori abruptly left the airline in May this year.

In his role as CCO, Adnan Kazim is responsible for worldwide Commercial Operations, e-Commerce, the Emirates Skywards loyalty programme and Emirates SkyCargo. Kazim joined Emirates in 1992.

Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, who previously held the position of Divisional Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations-Centre, is appointed Divisional Senior Vice President, International Affairs. In his new role, Sheikh Majid will drive the airline’s government, industry, public policy, regulatory, environment and international affairs agenda. He will also lead teams that represent Emirates in government negotiations and air services talks, as well as various aviation industry bodies of which Emirates is a member.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman & chief executive Emirates Airline and Group commented on the new appointments: “Adel, Adnan and Sheikh Majid are all experienced members of the Emirates leadership team with strong expertise in their respective areas and proven leadership abilities.”

Emirates reported a profit AED 871 million in the previous year (2018-2019), which is a drop of 69 percent when compared to 2017-18 results.

The airline is witnessing a period of slow growth, considering the changes implemented by the airline recently. One of which is the changes in the top management.

However, the cargo division managed to perform well in an uncertain trade environment, according to the 2018-19 annual results. Emirates SkyCargo reported a revenue of AED 13.1 billion ($ 3.6 billion), an increase of 5 percent over last year.

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