Tim Clark, president, Emirates Airline
Another massive year for Emirates Airline has just seen the carrier’s net income rise by 52 percent — its 25th straight year of profits. Much of this growth is due to Tim Clark, an able assistant to Emirates Group chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum and to the former vice chairman, Sir Maurice Flanagan, who retired earlier this year. During the carrier’s rapid expansion, Clark has been responsible for overseeing some of the largest plane orders in history. Clark joined Emirates in 1985 when the Dubai-based carrier was formed. Having previously worked at British Caledonian and Bahrain’s Gulf Air, Clark 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. The London University economics graduate became president of the carrier in 2003 after spending eighteen 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. In November 2009 he was conferred an “Officier de la Legion d’Honneur” by the French government for his services to transport and aviation and was given the 2009 Gold Award from the Royal Aeronautical Society for his contribution to civil aerospace. In addition, he holds the 2011 Airline Business and Flight Global Achievement Awards.
Twenty years ago the Dubai-based business tycoon watched his parents flee the Rwanda genocide having lost everything — again. Today, the company he started to help get his family back on their feet is a monstrous conglomerate in 22 African countries.