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1. Sir Tim Clark
\nTwo weeks ago, Emirates Airline reported another astonishing set of figures, with profits up by 42.5 percent to $887m in the last financial year. So it’s no surprise to see Tim Clark, who was knighted at the beginning of 2014 by the Queen for “services to British prosperity and the aviation industry”, retain his top place in this year’s Brit List. Sir Tim has been an ever-present member of the Emirates management team since the airline was founded in 1985 and is an able assistant to Emirates Group chairman and chief executive Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Having previously worked at British Caledonian and Bahrain’s Gulf Air, Sir Tim leveraged his experience in conjunction with Dubai’s strategic location, and oversaw Emirates’ expansion into the world’s largest airline by passenger traffic on the back of one the strongest international networks of any carrier. During his tenure, the carrier has been involved in some of the largest plane orders of all time, including a mammoth $99bn order for Boeing and Airbus aircraft at the Dubai Airshow last year.
\nThe London University economics graduate became president of the carrier in 2003 after spending 18 years helping build an aviation empire. Clark is the chairman of the Emirates Airline Foundation, a non-profit charity that he helped found, which provides humanitarian, philanthropic aid and services for children in need around the world. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
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3. Paul Griffiths
\nPaul Griffiths runs the world’s largest airport in terms of international traffic. If that were not enough, he’s also masterminding the rollout of what is likely to become the world’s biggest airport full stop (with an estimated 200 million passengers a year) over the course of the next decade or so. Griffiths became CEO of Dubai Airports in 2007, and he has overseen the operations and development of one of the busiest airports in the world. He managed the airport’s successful launch of Terminal 3 in 2008 and is currently overseeing Dubai International’s $7.8bn redevelopment plan. Griffiths was previously managing director of London’s Gatwick Airport, the second largest airport in the UK. Before joining airport operator BAA in 2004, he spent 14 years with the Virgin Group, working closely with Sir Richard Branson as a board director of the Virgin Travel Group, looking over commercial activities of both Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Trains. In the 1980s, he spent four years in Hong Kong developing the marketing, commercial planning and technology functions for the then start-up airline Dragonair.
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9. Tony Douglas
\nAbu Dhabi Airports Company
\nTony Douglas, formerly CEO at Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), is leading the transformation of Abu Dhabi’s international gateway through one of the most ambitious multi-billion-dollar airport expansion schemes in the world. The airport is building up to a capacity of 40 million passengers a year and will be a critical element in Abu Dhabi’s vision to become a global commercial hub and thriving destination for international tourism.
\nDouglas’ track record of achievements includes delivering Heathrow Airport’s award-winning Terminal 5 on time and on budget, as well as leading the programme management team in the build-up to the widely acclaimed London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. At ADPC, he was responsible for the on-time, on-budget delivery of Khalifa Port and its associated industrial zone, Kizad. Douglas was previously with airport operator BAA.
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41. Sir Maurice Flanagan
\nFormer Executive Vice Chairman
\nLegendary Emirates vice chairman Sir Maurice Flanagan helped found the airline 28 years ago. He was a key architect in the phenomenal growth of Emirates Airline and Group, having overseen dnata’s operations and subsequently every stage in the airline’s remarkable rise from regional carrier with two aircraft to global giant with a fleet of more than 170 aircraft.
\nFlanagan first arrived in Dubai in 1978 when he was appointed director and general manager of dnata. Six years later, he led the ten-man team that hatched the plan to launch an airline in five months on a budget of just $10m. He was the managing director for the inaugural Emirates flight in 1985 and his pivotal role in the company’s development was recognised in 1990 when he was appointed group managing director of Emirates Group. Flanagan retired in April last year.
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42. Karl Hamer
\nAl Habtoor Motors
\nAs managing director of Al Habtoor Motors, Karl Hamer oversees the import and distribution operation of one of the most prestigious car dealerships in the UAE and an icon of the prominent Al Habtoor merchant family. Hamer directs the business agenda of the company, which employs about 1,400 people and has been growing market share for brands like Bentley, Bugatti, McLaren and Mitsubishi. Prior to joining Al Habtoor Motors in 2008, Hamer was at Casey Motor Group. Hamer has 35 years of industry experience and started his career on the showroom floor.