Emirates announces leadership shake-up

Emirates Airline has announced a shake-up of its leadership team following headwinds in the aviation sector that saw it post a 69 per cent drop in its net profit for the year ending March 31, 2019.

Adnan Kazim has been appointed as chief commercial officer, nearly four months after Emirates’ former CCO Thierry Antinori abruptly resigned from the role. Kazim has been serving as acting CCO since Antinori’s resignation.

Adel Al Radha is the new chief operating officer, and Shaikh Majid Al Mualla has been named divisional senior vice president for international affairs.

“These roles are strategically important to growing our customer base and developing our commercial strategies, delivering the best experiences across customer touchpoints, and progressing our business objectives through engaging with governments, regulators, and key industry bodies around the world,” Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive officer of Emirates Airline and Group, said in a statement.

The carrier also said it plans to stay at its Dubai International Airport base for another decade as it reviews the future of a partly built super-hub Al Maktoum which has cost $36 billion.

Bloomberg reported last week that construction at Al Maktoum had been halted and financing frozen as Gulf economies falter.