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Emirates Announces High-Level Leadership Changes

An Emirates A380 at LAX (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Emirates president, Sir Tim Clark, announced he will be stepping down from the Dubai-based carrier in June 2020. The executive will remain as an external advisor for the airline.

Clark has served Emirates for more than thirty years, joining as the head of route planning in 1985 and then moving his way up the ranks as he became a key personality in establishing and positioning the Emirates brand as people know it today. 

The British executive has been leading Emirates since 2003, where he played a key role in both selecting the A380 as Emirates’ flagship aircraft to connect the world through its Dubai hub, but also the decision to step away from more superjumbo orders which led Airbus to cease its production. 

Emirates chairman Shaikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum has praised Clark’s commitment and hard work characterizing it as a genius in the industry. In this way, choosing his replacement shouldn’t be an easy task. 

According to FlightGlobal, management had become more specialized with senior positions filled by candidates with a robust trajectory. However, recent departures raise questions as to whom in the airline has the trajectory to drive the airline forward. So far, chief operating officer Adel Al Redha and chief commercial officer Adnan Kazim seem to make the list. 

Jose Antonio Payet
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  • Jose Antonio Payet

    As a geography nerd, Jose has always been fascinated by the complexities of the airline industry and its ability to bring the world closer together. Born and raised in Peru, now studying in the UK. he has travelled around America, Europe and South East Asia. His favorite aircraft is the Boeing 767-300, which he has flown many times during his childhood; although now the A350 is slowly growing up on him.

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