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Royal Jordanian CEO quit 'on good terms'

Airline says Samer Majali's sudden resignation was amicable and 'purely his decision'.

Royal Jordanian CEO quit 'on good terms'
SUDDEN DEPARTURE: Samer Majali is leaving the airline on good terms, a spokesman said.

Royal Jordanian Airlines said on Tuesday that Samer Majali’s sudden resignation as president and CEO was amicable and was purely his decision.

Following a meeting with Royal Jordanian’s board on June 27, Majali announced he was stepping down from the position.

The reasons behind his resignation are unknown, but a Royal Jordanian spokesperson told Arabian Business that Majali enjoyed an “excellent relationship” with the board.

Majali will remain president and CEO until Aug 1, although it is unclear when his successor is expected to take charge.

In response to the resignation, Royal Jordanian chairman Nasser Lozi said Majali had made huge efforts to “develop RJ and put it on a par with the advanced airlines”.

He also said Majali’s work had enabled the airline to hold an “eminent position” in the transport industry during tough economic conditions.

During Majali’s tenure, Royal Jordanian was the first Middle Eastern carrier to join an airline alliance when it became a oneworld member. Royal Jordanian also completed a privatisation and expanded its network under Majali’s control, the airline said.

Majali joined Royal Jordanian in 1979 after achieving a degree in aeronautical engineering and design. He worked in several departments, including flight operations, IT, and passenger and in-flight services before his appointment as president and CEO in 2001.

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