Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is stepping down after 27 years in charge. Badr Al-Meer has named his successor.


Akbar Al Baker transformed Qatar Airways into a long-distance powerhouse capable of competing with Gulf competitor Emirates.

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has retired.
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has retired.

 

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker will step down after 25 years in charge of the state-owned carrier .”Qatar Airways Group confirms after 27 years of remarkable service, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive – His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, will be stepping down from his current position as Group Chief Executive effective 5 November 2023, and will be succeeded by Engr. Badr Mohammed Al-Meer as Group Chief Executive for Qatar Airways” , according to a statement issued by the airline.

Five things you need to know about Akbar Al Baker, who built Qatar Airways into a leading air carrier.

 1. Baker is a degree in Economics and Commerce who worked at various positions in the Civil Aviation Directorate before becoming Qatar Airways CEO in 1997, according to the airline’s website.

 2. He is also the CEO of many divisions of Qatar Airways, including Qatar Executive, Hamad International Airport, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Aircraft Catering Company, Qatar Distribution Company, Qatar Duty Free, and Internal Media Services.

 3. Al Baker transformed Qatar Airways into a long-distance powerhouse capable of competing with Gulf competitor Emirates. Customers praised his dedication to providing a luxury experience, but it led to disagreements with manufacturers Airbus SE and Boeing Co, according to Bloomberg.

 4. Al Baker took Airbus to court over flaking paint on widebody A350 planes. The dispute was resolved early this year.

5. He also sparked outrage when he said at a 2018 event that a woman could not do his job “because it is a very difficult position.” Baker’s retirement has been expected for some years, although he has always stated that he will stand down when requested.

The aviation industry veteran also has an India link, having attended St Peter’s School in Mumbai and then earning a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the same institution.

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