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Emirates appoints more Emiratis in senior staff shake-up

Dubai-based airline announces key appointments and rotations in its global commercial operations

Emirates appoints more Emiratis in senior staff shake-up
Emirates' commercial team now has 42 UAE nationals in key leadership roles.

Emirates airline on Wednesday announced key appointments and rotations in its global commercial operations and it continues to place Emiratis in senior positions.

With this latest announcement, Emirates' commercial team now has 42 UAE nationals in key leadership roles.

More than 75 percent of them have been with the company for over 10 years, and most have gone through the Emirates Commercial Trainee programme for graduates, the company said in a statement.

Adnan Kazim, Emirates' chief commercial officer said: "The commercial organisation is responsible for delivering on our top-line results, which last year was close to AED100 billion. It's a testimony to the bench strength within the organisation that our key commercial roles are being filled by internal talent who bring with them deep expertise and diverse experience.

"I am confident that the team is well placed to deliver the best possible support to our customers, and to deliver on our business strategy, targets, and future growth."

All the new appointments are effective from October 1, the company added.

Leading the airline's commercial activities in markets across six continents, and reporting into Kazim are Salem Obaidalla, currently senior VP Aeropolitical & Industry Affairs, who will take over as senior VP Commercial Operations Americas, Adil Al Ghaith, currently senior VP Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle East & Iran who will take on additional responsibility for UAE and Oman, Orhan Abbas, currently senior VP Commercial Operations Africa who will take over as senior VP Commercial Operations Far East, Badr Abbas, currently senior VP Commercial Operations Far East who will take over as senior VP Commercial Operations Africa, Thierry Aucoc, currently senior VP Commercial Operations Europe & Russian Federation who will take on additional responsibility for Germany and UK and Ahmed Khoory, senior VP Commercial Operations West Asia & Indian Ocean, who retains his current portfolio.

In addition, the company has made a number of promotions and rotations across the commercial team.