Emirates appoints UAE nationals to country management positions

The three Emiratis will become country managers in Japan, Malaysia and Zambia
Salem Al-Marri, country manager Japan; Abdalla Al Zamani, country manager Malaysia; and Mohammed bin Hafiz, country manager Zambia.
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Sun 11 Feb 2018 02:23 PM

Emirates has appointed three UAE nationals to high-level country management positions in East Asia and Africa, the airline announced on Sunday.

In Japan, the airline has appointed the Japanese-fluent Salem Al-Marri to take on the role of country manager, following posts as a route planning analyst and route planning manager.

As Malaysia country manager, the airline appointed Abdalla Al Zamani, who will become the first Emirati to serve in the position. Al Zamani has already been with Emirates for more than a decade, including positions in India, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, as country manager in Ethiopia and manager in the Philippines.

Emirates also appointed Mohammed bin Hafiz to manage operations in Zambia, following appointments as a commercial support manager, district manager for Riyadh and country manager for Morocco. More recently, just this January Hafiz finished a year-long stint serving his UAE national military service.

“The combined commercial expertise and industry knowledge our UAE nationals bring to each role will be essential to meeting our challenges and advancing new business development opportunities as we continue to develop and grow our operations,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates executive vice president and chief commercial officer.

“Investing in our people is core to our strategy, and we are lucky to have tremendous resources within the commercial team to take on these roles,” he added.

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