Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates’ official airline, recently appointed three Emiratis to management positions in South Korea, Seychelles and Saudi Arabia, increasing the number of UAE nationals on its international management staff to eight.
"These new appointments embody the success of our UAE National Development Program and also (prove) our ability to attract top Emirati talent from elsewhere,” Ray Gammell, who serves as Etihad Aviation Group's chief people and performance officer, said. “Our new airport managers are excellent examples of our Emirati employees' enthusiasm to become leaders in aviation, and I look forward to watching their careers continue to flourish."
All three designees will serve as airport managers - Fatima Al Hashemi in Incheon, South Korea; Yousuf Mohammed for Medina, Saudi Arabia; and Mansour Hamad to Mahe, Seychelles.
"It's great to have staff of this caliber on our team,” Geert Boven, Etihad Airways' senior vice president for global airport services, said. “They will have overall responsibility for our operations at their airports, including safety, security, and station performance management. These are challenging roles requiring a number of diverse skills sets that have been carefully developed during their careers with us."
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad employs over 3,000 Emiratis. In 2015 alone, the company hired over 1,200 UAE residents, equivalent to nearly one third of its entire staff and the largest single nationality represented in its workforce.