Gulf Air CEO Al Musallam Steps Down

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Published June 12th, 2017 - 09:09 GMT
The CEO of Bahraini flag carrier Gulf Air, Maher Salman Al Musallam. (Trade Arabia)
The CEO of Bahraini flag carrier Gulf Air, Maher Salman Al Musallam. (Trade Arabia)

The CEO of Bahraini flag carrier Gulf Air, Maher Salman Al Musallam, has resigned, it has emerged.

In a brief statement on Sunday, the airline announced that the board of directors has accepted the resignation.

No details concerning his succession or reasons for quitting were disclosed.

Al Musallam told our sister publication, the Gulf Daily News, that there was no particular reason for his decision: “I would like to retire as I have been with Gulf Air for seven plus years."

The announcement comes after Gulf Air appointed its new board of directors on May 14.

Al Musallam was appointed to the position of chief executive in May last year, after nearly fours years as acting chief executive, since December 2012.

He had joined Gulf Air as deputy chief executive officer after completing a 35-year career with the Royal Bahraini Air Force (RBAF).

During his tenure at the RBAF, he has held a number of high-ranking positions including Squadron Commander and Wing Commander where he was responsible for the daily management and emergency deployment of over 10 operational units including flying, maintenance, logistics and administration.

A seasoned aviation professional, Al Musallam had, with Gulf Air's executive management team, spearheaded the national carrier's 2013 restructuring strategy to deliver groundbreaking results - most significantly the record reduction in the airline's annual losses.

The statement quoted Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister and Gulf Air's board Zayed Bin Rashid Alzayani as saying: “On behalf of Gulf Air’s board of directors and the airline’s executive management team and workforce, I extend my sincerest thanks to Mr Al Musallam for his invaluable contributions and achievements delivered during his tenure with the airline. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Source: Trade Arabia

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Gulf Air

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, commenced operations in 1950, becoming one of the first commercial airlines established in the Middle East. Today, Gulf Air is a major international carrier serving 47 cities in 26 countries spanning three continents. This year, Malaga and Salalah have been revealed as new seasonal destinations to increase the cities to 49 and in 27 countries.

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