New CEO for Gulf Air

On July 2, Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier, announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer to lead the airline as it enters the next phase of its realignment strategy.
Samer Majali, former CEO of one of the Middle East’s most commercially successful carriers, Royal Jordanian, will take over at Gulf Air within the next few months from current CEO Björn Näf. Until then, Talal Al Zain, Gulf Air’s Chairman, will manage the business in the temporary position of Executive Chairman.
Talal Al Zain said: “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. 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.”
“I’m delighted to welcome Samer to the team as he brings an exceptional track record of successfully managing a leading Middle Eastern carrier. His skills will help us to build towards a strong future for Gulf Air,” he concluded.
The airline said that its outgoing Chief Executive Officer Björn Näf, is leaving the business to pursue other interests having served the airline for two and a half years. During this time he was instrumental in implementing several key initiatives towards its ambitious realignment programme.