Akbar Al Baker Is Resigning As The CEO Of Qatar Airways After A Great Stint

Akbar Al Baker

Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO and chairman of Qatar Tourism is resigning as chief executive of Qatar Airways, marking a sudden end to one of the longest managerial reigns in the world of aviation.

Al Baker, who has driven the carrier since 1997, will step down on November 5, 2023. The move was surprising, and not a great explanation was given by Qatar Airways for his resignation. The Airline said he will be replaced by Badr Mohammed Al Meer, the chief operating officer of Doha Hamad Airport, which serves as the airline’s base.

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Known as one of the business’ most candid and powerful leaders, Al Baker is generally credited with changing Qatar Airways into one of the world’s top airlines. During his 27-year rule, he oversaw aggressive expansion and investment into Doha airport, which is now an established global hub. Al Baker currently serves as the airport’s chief executive.

Al Baker is known for dubious remarks and his blunt perspectives on the airline sector. In June 2023, he said the industry’s net zero targets were a “PR exercise” and anticipated they would be missed.

In 2018, he apologized for making chauvinist remarks at an International Air Transport Association meeting.

When asked about gender inequality in the industry, Al Baker said “of course” Middle East airlines must be led by a man, “because it is a very challenging position.”

After the comments caused ruckus, Al Baker expressed remorse in a statement, saying “it would be my pleasure if I could help develop a female candidate to be the next CEO of Qatar Airways.”

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