Qatar Airways to see change in leadership as CEO Akbar Al Baker resigns
Doha-based airline, Qatar Airways, will be bidding farewell to its long-serving chief executive officer, Akbar Al Baker, on November 5. With no official reason provided for his sudden departure, the announcement has left industry insiders speculating about the cause behind Al Baker’s resignation.
Replacing him at the helm of the airline will be Badr Mohammed Al Meer, who currently holds the position of chief operating officer at Doha Hamad Airport. This move is viewed as a strategic decision to ensure a smooth transition and maintain stability within the airline.
Al Baker’s tenure as CEO has been marked by impressive achievements, transforming Qatar Airways into one of the world’s leading airlines. Through his aggressive expansion strategies and investments into Doha airport, he has solidified the carrier’s reputation for excellence.
Notably, Al Baker currently also serves as the CEO of Doha airport, further emphasizing his significant impact on Qatar’s aviation industry. His notable achievements include the successful completion of the airport’s ambitious expansion project, establishing it as a major global hub.
However, Al Baker’s tenure hasn’t been without controversy. Known for his outspoken personality, he has often made headlines for his bold statements and influential role within the industry. In June, he attracted attention for criticizing the airline industry’s net zero targets, considering them as nothing more than a “PR exercise.”
In 2018, Al Baker faced strong backlash for making sexist remarks during an International Air Transport Association meeting. Recognizing the gravity of his words, he later apologized and expressed his commitment to support the development of a female candidate for the CEO position at Qatar Airways.
With the departure of Al Baker, Qatar Airways enters a new chapter, with Al Meer set to guide the airline into the future. Industry experts and passengers alike closely observe the transition, eagerly awaiting what lies ahead for this prominent global carrier.
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