Etihad Airways has appointed three UAE nationals
to key executive roles.
Captain Salah Alfarajalla, who has been with
Etihad Airways since 2007, becomes Senior Vice President Security
and National Pilot Development, Ghudayer Al Dhaheri, who joined
the airline in 2013, becomes Vice President Corporate Security,
and Sultan Mohamed Al Mahmoud joins the airline as Vice President
Ray Gammell, Etihad Airways’ Chief People and
Performance Officer, said, “I am delighted to announce the new
executive roles for Captain Salah and Ghudayer and to welcome
Sultan to the Etihad Airways family. Their varied and extensive
professional backgrounds reinforce and expand the impressive
executive management expertise we have in our team.”
In his new role, Captain Salah will be
responsible for aviation and corporate security, and will continue
to oversee the Etihad Airways’ cadet pilot programme.
Captain Salah has 36 years’ experience in the
aviation industry, incorporating 22 years in the UAE Air Force and
Air Defence, from which he retired as a Colonel, and 10 years as
Deputy Chief Executive for Presidential Flight.
At Etihad Airways, he played an instrumental role
in managing the aviation security systems including physical,
technical, operational and procedural security measures. Under his
leadership, the cadet pilot programme grew to more than 700 cadets
including more than 600 UAE nationals, and became a fully-fledged
academic programme when a unique partnership with Abu Dhabi
University was forged in 2011 requiring all cadets to obtain a
degree in Aviation Science.
“Captain Salah’s tenure as
Vice President Corporate Security and National Pilot Development -
a position he has held since 2010 – has been highlighted by
renewed strategic planning and insights. He has played a pivotal
role in the successful development and efficiency of our aviation
security systems and was the driving force behind the Etihad
Airways Cadet Pilot Programme ensuring a continuous stream of
qualified UAE national pilots to pursue rewarding careers at
Etihad Airways,” said Mr Gammell.
Before joining Etihad Airways in 2013, Ghudayer
Al Dhaheri was a UAE Air Force fighter pilot and commander with
broad experience both in the UAE and overseas. He was a commandant
at the Air Warfare Centre AFAD UAE, and a member of the Royal
College of Defense Studies in London, UK. In his new role as Vice
President Corporate Security, Ghudayer will report to Captain
Salah and will provide strategic policy and management guidance
for the implementation of protective and proactive security
measures for staff, guests, facilities and other resources within
the UAE and in other countries on the network.
Sultan Mohamed Al Mahmoud joins Etihad Airways
from the Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), where
he held a number of director level roles which gave him exposure
to various Abu Dhabi tourism development stakeholders. He will put
his work insights and experience, gained over the last 14 years,
to good use by developing and implementing short, medium and
long-term strategies that will see Etihad Airways further
strengthen its position as key contributor to Abu Dhabi’s GDP and
the UAE more broadly.
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