Gulf Air streamlines management structure

DUBAI — Wanting to continue building a successful team, Bahrain's flag carrier Gulf Air has begun streamlining its management structure to pave the way for a "smooth chain of command" and further improve its operations, a senior official yesterday said.

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Published: Tue 25 Sep 2007, 8:57 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 11:44 PM

"We have some very seasoned people joining us both locally and from outside Bahrain to take over certain crucial areas of the business," said Bjorn Naf, Gulf Air's acting president and CEO.

In a statement, Gulf Air said Bahraini lawyer Nabeel Mohammed Saeed has joined the company as executive vice-president for legal and corporate affairs.

Ahmed Al Banna, a senior Labour Ministry official, will also join Gulf Air as vice-president for human resources.

"It is important to have the right team in place for our plans to succeed and we are making the necessary alignments as we continue on our way forward," Naf stressed.

He said that Gulf Air welcomes other executives from regional carriers who have recently joined or are in the process of assuming responsibilities in the company.

Formerly with Emirates Airlines, Christopher Cain has joined Gulf Air as vice-president for flight operations while Paolo Fitze, from Etihad Airways, is now vice-president for safety at the Bahraini national carrier.

Naf said Gulf Air bids farewell to its executive vice-president for marketing, Lee Shave, who has left the company.

Founded in 1950 and owned by the government of Bahrain, Gulf Air has a fleet of 28 aircraft covering 40 cities in 26 countries.

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