Akbar Al Baker, who has been at the helm of Qatar Airways since 1997, is set to resign from his position as the airline’s Chief Executive on November 5, 2023. This unexpected development marks the end of one of the longest-serving leadership tenures in the aviation world. The reasons for Al Baker’s departure were not disclosed by Qatar Airways, but the airline has announced that Badr Mohammed Al Meer, currently the Chief Operating Officer of Doha Hamad Airport, will succeed him as the new CEO.
Recognised as one of the aviation industry’s most outspoken and influential leaders, Al Baker is widely acknowledged for his role in elevating Qatar Airways to the status of one of the world’s premier airlines. Throughout his 27-year tenure, he spearheaded ambitious expansion initiatives and substantial investments in Doha airport, which has evolved into a prominent global hub. Additionally, Al Baker currently holds the position of Chief Executive at the airport.