Saturday, February 18, 2017

Houari named new Airbus MEA president

Airbus, one of the leading planemakers in the world, has appointed Mikail Houari, a global industry veteran, as its new president for the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. He replaces Habib Fekih, who retires after 30 years of successful service.
Houari, who previously served as deputy president for MEA, brings to the position more than 25 years of experience within the industry at a global level. In his new role, he will lead the team to drive operations and future business across the region.
He began his career at Alcatel working in Spain, China and Latin America, after which he joined Thales, focusing initially on business in Saudi Arabia, thereafter leading global sales of its Scada products and services.
Houari joined Airbus in 2005 as vice president for Latin America, overseeing the defence and space divisions from where he moved to the UAE in the same capacity covering the Middle East region.
In 2011, he was appointed as general delegate for Airbus Group, before taking the position as deputy president for Airbus in Africa and Middle East.
Welcoming him into the fold, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said: "Houari's extensive business and market experience will allow him to lead Airbus in the region and deliver on its objectives."

"Under his leadership, Airbus will continue to expand its regional presence as new and existing markets emerge and evolve across Africa and the Middle East," he noted.
Houari is a business graduate in Applied Commercial Sciences from Paris. He succeeds Habib Fekih, who will retire after 30 years of service with Airbus.
Habib Fekih joined Airbus in 1986 as sales director for North Africa, before becoming sales VP for the Middle East two years later.
In 2006, Habib established Airbus Middle East and took the helm as the MEA president, a position he has held ever since.

He formed long-term partnerships for Airbus with governments, public and private sectors across the region and advised regional airlines on fleet management and operations.
Lauding Fekih for his achievements, Enders said: "He is one of Airbus' longest serving and most successful sales executives. He is one of the architects of Airbus’ new commercial structure.

"During his 30-year tenure at Airbus, he has successfully piloted the company’s significant growth across one of Airbus’ most dynamic regions," he stated.
Under Fekih's leadership, Airbus sold more than 1,300 aircraft to airlines and leasing companies across the region, raising its market share in the region to more than 60 per cent. He was instrumental in leading his team to achieve close to 40 percent of all A380 sales and more than 35 percent of A350 sales.
Fekih was also the President of Airbus Corporate Jet. He led the restructuring of all its commercial activities including aircraft, cabin interiors and services into one unit which is reflected in its market visibility.   
“Habib represented the true spirit of Airbus and has served the company with distinction for three decades. Habib will be truly missed and I wish to thank him for his leadership and congratulate him for his many accomplishments,” said Enders.
According to him, over the past four decades, Airbus has transformed the MEA aerospace landscape by providing innovative and often game-changing products and building sustainable industrial, commercial and research partnerships.

"As the chosen partner and leader in aeronautics, space and related services, Airbus is committed to expanding its industrial footprint and continually enhancing its products and services which enable economic growth and support livelihoods across the region," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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