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Emirates Appoints UAE Nationals in Senior Roles

Emirates has announced the appointment of four UAE nationals to senior positions in the company, all in charge of mainstream operations. One will lead non-aircraft purchasing and supply activities for the whole Emirates Group, while the other three have been given responsibility for newly created regional departments in Commercial Operations. Commenting on the appointments, Emirates’ Chairman His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “Purchasing plays a decisive role in the Group’s financial performance, while the airline’s on-going and future development must be achieved without compromising the high standards of planning and execution that are the Emirates’ trademark.”

He added: “Emirates has been in fast-forward since its inception. We are not slowing down, and these new appointments reflect our resolve to take the necessary organisational steps to manage our growth efficiently and successfully.”

Saeed Mohammed has been appointed Senior Vice President Procurement and Logistics (Non-Aircraft.) He brings to his new position three years of hands-on experience in procurement, acquired since he joined Emirates from Dubal in 2001.

The very large expenditures now involved in Emirates’ purchasing and supply, as a result of the Group’s rapid growth, make the efficient management of those activities a high priority, to fully realise the potential economies of scale. Mr Mohammed will report to Dermot Mannion, President Group Support Services.   

The airline currently operates services to 77 destinations in 54 countries, numbers that will grow to 81 and 56, respectively, by the end of next year with the addition of four new destinations already announced - Seychelles, Seoul, Hamburg and Geneva.


In order to better manage the rapid expansion of the Emirates network, Commercial Operations has added three new regions to the three already in existence. UAE nationals have been promoted to Senior Vice Presidents and put in charge of the new regions.

Hamad Obaidalla has been appointed Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle East and Iran. The new region comprises 13 destinations. It’s Emirates’ home region and one in which frequency and capacity are constantly growing.

Nabil Sultan is the new Senior Vice President Commercial Operations West Asia and Indian Ocean. The region comprises the Indian Subcontinent with 11 destinations plus a cargo-only destination, and the top tourist spots of Maldives and Mauritius. New services to the Seychelles start in January.

Nasser Bin Kherbash is the new Senior Vice President Commercial Operations Africa.  Emirates serves 10 destinations in the region, with offline offices in a further four countries and a huge potential for future expansion. 

All share a deep knowledge of their markets and over a decade of experience of commercial operations in various parts of the Emirates’ network. The three joined the airline as management trainees.

The new regions are being added to Europe; North America; and East Asia and Australasia, each already managed by a Senior Vice President. All will report to Ghaith Al Ghaith, Executive Vice President Commercial Operations Worldwide.