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Abu Dhabi Airports chief steps down to take UK gov't role

CEO Tony Douglas to become chief executive of Defence Equipment & Support at the Ministry of Defence

Abu Dhabi Airports chief steps down to take UK gov't role

Abu Dhabi Airports on Wednesday announced that its CEO Tony Douglas is stepping down to take up a new role with the UK Government as chief executive of Defence Equipment & Support at the Ministry of Defence.

Tony Douglas, who was at the helm of Abu Dhabi Airports since 2013, has overseen passenger growth rising to more than 20 million at Abu Dhabi International Airport in 2014, with 20 percent annual growth, a trend that is forecast to continue. 

A statement said a "clear succession plan has been put in place" to enable a comprehensive and properly executed transition during the period until Douglas’ final departure.

Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “I would like to pay tribute to Tony Douglas and thank him for his outstanding service as chief executive of Abu Dhabi Airports.

“We now move to a new era in the development of Abu Dhabi Airports’ long term progression to become one of the leading global airports operators. Thanks to Tony’s hard work Abu Dhabi Airports is well placed to achieve this objective.”

Douglas added: “It has been a great privilege to support Abu Dhabi’s ambitions to become a leading transportation hub, through the development of a world class aviation infrastructure.

“I am very proud to have served Abu Dhabi for the last five years. I have made many good friends here and it is a city that will always have a special place in my heart.”

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Jag Patel 5 years ago

He is going to have a hard time sorting out UK MoD’s existing defence equipment procurement process which has defeated others before him.

For an honest assessment of these weaknesses & shortcomings and suggestions on how to go about putting them right, have a look at this written submission: