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Business News/ Companies / Qatar Airways announces Badr Mohammed Al-Meer as new CEO, to succeed Akbar Al Baker on November 5
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Qatar Airways announces Badr Mohammed Al-Meer as new CEO, to succeed Akbar Al Baker on November 5

Badr Mohammed Al-Meer is currently the chief operating officer of the Hamad International Airport in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

A Qatar Airways plane prepares to take off at San Francisco International Airport (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) (AP)Premium
A Qatar Airways plane prepares to take off at San Francisco International Airport (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File) (AP)

Hours after Qatar Airways' longtime chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker confirmed his decision to step down, the airline announced Badr Mohammed Al-Meer as his successor.

Al-Meer will take over as the new CEO on November 5, 2023, when Baker will retire and demit the office, ending his 27-year tenure at the helm of Qatar's flag 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," the airline said in a statement.

Al-Meer is currently the chief operating officer of the Hamad International Airport in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Qatar Airways lauded the leadership provided by Baker, noting that the airline has over the years “grown to become one of the most recognisable and trusted brands globally, synonymous with customer service quality and the highest of standards". 

Under Baker's tenure as its chief executive, Qatar Airways won the 'World's Best Airline' award seven times, and the Hamad International Airport, which is under its management and operation, "has also been recognised as the 'World's Best Airport'," the statement added.

Prior to being appointed as the Qatar Airways CEO in 1996, Baker had served in key government roles, including a stint as the chairman of the Qatar Tourism Authority.

The aviation industry veteran also has an India connection, as he had completed his early schooling at the St Peter's School in Mumbai, and went on to pursue a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) degree from an institute in the same city.

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Published: 23 Oct 2023, 09:37 PM IST
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