Emirates Announces New Appointments

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(FILES) File picture dated August 1, 2008 shows an Emirates Airline flight from Dubai landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Dubai-based airline Emirates announced on September 8, 2008 that it is suspending flights using its lone Airbus A380 superjumbo until later this week while repairs are carried out. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

By Chinedu Eze

Emirates has announced several key movements and rotations to its commercial team, both in its Dubai hub and across key markets in the Far East, West Asia and Africa with effect from January 1, 2021.

The airline said the changes place five seasoned commercial managers in key positions across the Emirates network to support its commercial strategies as it responds to shifting market dynamics and navigates the complex challenges posed by the global pandemic.

It stated that the rotations also demonstrated the depth of UAE National talent within the global commercial team, due in large part to the exposure they are given across the airline’s network.

According to a statement, its current Regional Manager West Africa, Afzal Parambil will take on the role of Regional Manager South Africa; Paulos Legesse, currently Manager Ivory Coast, will become Manager Nigeria; Christophe Leloup, currently Manager Senegal, will become Manager Kenya; while Cathrine Wesley, Country Manager Ghana, will support Ivory Coast in addition to her current role; Arpit Behl, Country Manager Guinea, will support Senegal in addition to his current role.

Similarly, Satish Sethi, currently Country Manager Philippines, will become Manager Japan; Salem Ghanem Al Marri, currently Manager Japan, will return to Dubai to the airline’s Strategic Planning department; Jaber Mohamed, currently Area Manager Taiwan, will become Country Manager Philippines; Saeed Abdulla Miran, currently Manager Bangladesh, take on the role of Area Manager Hong Kong; Sultan Alriyami, currently an Outstation Manager, will become Area Manager Taiwan; Mohamed Alhammadi, currently a Commercial Manager, will become Manager Bangladesh.

Commenting on the appointments, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer, Adnan Kazim said: “As Emirates works through the complexities of this challenging period, we are sharpening our focus further and placing extremely capable leaders with diverse experiences to help drive commercial initiatives that stimulate demand and maximise revenue opportunities and margin performance.

“I am also proud of our UAE Nationals, who are well-placed to support the commercial organisation at this critical time, as we continue to build sustained momentum, restore our network foothold, and ramp up our operations to position the airline for a strong recovery.”