Majali leaves RJ for Gulf

SAMER Majali, who recently resigned as chief executive officer of Royal Jordanian, has been appointed the new head of Gulf Air.

At Gulf he will take over from Björn Näf who has been in there for two and a half years. Talal Al Zain, Gulf Air’s chairman, will take the reins until Majali starts at the start of August.

Majali said that the resignation was “upon his request” and that “after 30 years at the airline and eight years as chief executive, I decided it was time for me to move on.”

Jordanian’s chairman of the board Nasser Lozi said that Majali helped modernise the company’s fleet and broaden its route network through its membership into the oneworld airline alliance. “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Björn Näf for his leadership over the last two years and we wish him well in his future endeavours,” said Al Zain.

“Moving forward, we have important plans for the future of Gulf Air and we believe Samer is the right leader to take the airline forward as we move into the next phase of our strategy to rebuild the business.”

Näf and other non-Bahrani executives have been under pressure for some time from politicians wanting them out and replaced with locals. This has come to a head with the start of an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption among the expatriates.

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