That International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Kamil H. Al-Awadhi will be appointed IATA Regional Vice President of Africa and the Middle East (AME) with effect from 1 March 2021.
Al-Awadhi succeeds Muhammad Albakri, who will become IATA’s Senior Vice President for Customer, Financial and Digital Services (CFDS), also in effect on March 1, 2021. As previously announced, Albakri will replace Aleks Popovich in the CFDS role after his retirement.
Most recently, Al-Awadhi was the CEO of Kuwait Airways, a responsibility he held from November 2018 to August 2020. It limited a 31-year career at Kuwait Airways, where his positions included Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer. Al-Awadhi has also held several positions in the areas of security, safety, quality management and enterprise resource planning.
At IATA, Al-Awadhi will lead the association’s activities across the AME from its regional office in Amman, Jordan. He reports to IATA’s CEO and CEO and joins IATA’s strategic management team.
“Muhammad has strengthened IATA’s strong presence in the AME region. As he moves to take up the challenges of leading our CFDS activities, Muhammad will leave a strong team in place for Kamil’s senior leadership. Kamil is an industry veteran who brings a tremendous depth of aviation expertise and regional experience. These will be critical to lead IATA’s activities in the AME region at this very challenging time. As a former CEO, he knows what member airlines expect from IATA. And I have no doubt that Kamil has the skills and determination to exceed these expectations as we aim to reconnect the world in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, ”said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s CEO and CEO.
“I look forward to getting started with IATA. Like all regions, AME needs a strong air transport industry to start the economic recovery from COVID-19. The priority of reviving aviation is clear and IATA is at the heart of this effort. There is no time to waste. We need to help governments reopen unqualified borders and we need to ensure that the industry is ready to safely scale up operations and implement the global standards that keep passengers and crew safe during the pandemic and beyond, ”Al-Awadhi said. .
Al-Awadhi is a citizen of Kuwait and holds an MBA in aerospace management from Toulouse Business School and an engineering degree in aeronautical maintenance management from Air Service Training (AST) in the United Kingdom.