Emirates announces commercial team changes


Emirates airline announced new appointments and rotations in its global commercial operations. Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ chief commercial officer, said: “The commercial organisation is responsible for delivering on our top-line results…It’s a testimony to the bench strength within the organisation that our key commercial roles are being filled by internal talent who bring with them deep expertise and diverse experience. I am confident that the team is well placed to deliver the best possible support to our customers, and to deliver on our business strategy, targets, and future growth.”

All the following appointments are effective from 1 October 2019.

Leading the airline’s commercial activities in markets across six continents, and reporting to Kazim are:

  • Salem Obaidalla, currently Senior VP Aeropolitical & Industry Affairs, will take over as Senior VP Commercial Operations Americas.
  • Adil Al Ghaith, currently Senior VP Commercial Operations Gulf, Middle East & Iran, will take on additional responsibility for UAE and Oman.
  • Orhan Abbas, currently Senior VP Commercial Operations Africa, will take over as Senior VP Commercial Operations Far East.
  • Badr Abbas, currently Senior VP Commercial Operations Far East, will take over as Senior VP Commercial Operations Africa.
  • Thierry Aucoc, currently Senior VP Commercial Operations Europe & Russian Federation, will take on additional responsibility for Germany and UK.
  • Ahmed Khoory, Senior VP Commercial Operations West Asia & Indian Ocean, retains his current portfolio.

In addition, the following movements and rotations will take place:

  • Essa Sulaiman Ahmad, currently VP India & Nepal, is promoted to Divisional VP USA & Canada, reporting to Salem Obaidalla.
  • Andrew Bunn, currently Area Manager Singapore, Brunei & Malaysia, is promoted to VP Sales (USA) reporting to Essa Sulaiman Ahmad.
  • Jabr Al-Azeeby, currently VP Pakistan, will rotate to the position of VP India & Nepal, reporting to Ahmed Khoory.
  • Mohammad Sarhan, currently Manager Thailand, Myanmar & Cambodia, is promoted to VP Pakistan, reporting to Ahmed Khoory.

Other key changes within the Commercial and Revenue Optimisation teams include:

  • Dina Al Herais, currently VP Member Experience (Skywards), will take over the role of VP Commercial Products (B2B Corporate & Leisure)
  • Bob Kabli, currently Senior VP B2C Online Sales & Ancillaries, will take on the new title of Senior VP Online Sales Development. He will also take on responsibility for Emirates Holidays.
  • Anand Lakshminarayanan, currently Senior VP Revenue Optimisation, will take on the new title of Senior VP Revenue Optimisation & Distribution, and continue reporting into Adnan Kazim.
  • Amit Khandelwal, currently Divisional VP Inventory & Revenue Steering, will take on the new title of Divisional VP Inventory, Revenue Steering & Distribution. He will have additional responsibility for Distribution, MARS/RES systems and Integrity. Amit will continue to report to Anand Lakshminarayanan.
  • Bill Cavendish, currently VP Revenue Optimisation Distribution Strategy, will take on the new title of VP Distribution Strategy and report to Amit Khandelwal.
  • Mohit Soral, currently VP Market Operations Revenue Optimisation (West), is promoted to Divisional VP Market Operations Worldwide. He will report to Anand Lakshminarayanan.
  • Hemanth Nallakandy, VP Market Operations RO (Centre), will rotate to VP Market Operations (East). He will report to Mohit Soral.
  • Mohammed Al Hashimi, VP Commercial Products Dubai retains his portfolio, but will report directly into Adnan Kazim.

Aside from the new appointments in Emirates’ Commercial Operations and Revenue Optimisation functions, Adnan Kazim continues to be supported by an experienced leadership team in other key commercial units comprising:

  • Nabil Sultan, Divisional Senior VP, Emirates SkyCargo
  • Dr Nejib Ben Khedher, Divisional Senior VP Emirates Skywards
  • Karen Bell-Wright, Senior VP Retail & Contact Centres
  • Azhar Kapadwanjwala, Senior VP Planning – Network Schedules & Optimisation
  • Trevor Chong, VP Route Planning & Economics
  • Rogerio Leao, VP Fleet Planning & Research
  • Syriac A Pathrose, Senior Manager Market Research


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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.


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