Gulf Air appoints acting CEO

December 14, 2012

Gulf Air has appointed Maher Salman Jabr Al Musallam as its acting chief executive officer. He will take over from Samer Majali who is due to leave at the end of the month after more than three years at the helm of the company.

Al Musallam’s appointment was announced by Gulf Air’s new board of directors at its second meeting held “to ensure the implementation of the restructuring plan designed to put the airline on a path towards long-term sustainability”.

In a statement, Gulf Air said: “The board reviewed the report presented by the Executive Restructuring Committee on various aspects relating to the development of the company, including fleet, network, and financial status.”

The committee will meet the airline’s management weekly to ensure a transparent and timely implementation of the plan, the company said. “The board of directors agreed to hold a full board meeting every month to monitor the implementation of the restructuring. This is in line with its mandate as directed by the government to oversee the execution of the restructuring plan across all areas of the company in order to reinforce Gulf Air’s position as an international airline and one of the major national infrastructure assets of Bahrain,” the statement said.

The lower chamber of Bahrain’s bicameral parliament on Tuesday called for swift and decisive action to address the situation of Gulf Air and appoint a Bahraini chief executive. MPs said that the company needed people with expertise in the aviation industry to help it take off.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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