Company: Gulf Air
Installed as CEO of Bahrain’s national carrier just weeks ago, Samer Majali brings a wealth of experience to a role that proved a poisoned chalice to predecessors Bjorn Naf and Andre Dose. Four CEOs in three years have fallen fowl of the golden falcon, but Majali is expected to take the carrier to new heights.
Majali is the former chief executive of
, where he was applauded for helping the carrier become the first Middle Eastern airline to become part of a major global alliance, Oneworld. He has also served as president of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO) and was chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) board of governors until June this year.
Not that Majali is taking the task lightly – after all, the carrier has $11bn worth of planes on order, and ugly rumours of imminent job cuts refuse to go away. "It took me two and a half years to turn
around,” he told
earlier this year. “If I get two and a half years here [at Gulf Air], I will be very happy."