Subscribe Free
in People

IATA: Albakri in new leadership succession

Posted 5 August 2020 · Add Comment

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Muhammad Albakri, IATA’s regional vice president for Africa and the Middle East (AME), will be appointed senior vice president for customer, financial and digital services (CFDS), based in Geneva.

Muhammad Albakri named senior vice president for customer, financial and digital services.  Image:  IATA

The position will be effective 1 March 2021.

At that time Aleks Popovich, who currently holds the position, will retire.

 

“Over the past 16 years Aleks has driven some of the most critical elements of IATA’s operations, while leading major transformational projects for the airline industry. This includes IATA’s financial settlement products, which securely processed $457 billion of industry money in 2019, during a time of tremendous innovation in financial technology. And he delivered critical flagship programs that continue to change the industry—introducing cost-effective self-service options under the banner of Simplifying the Business, enabling airline retailing with New Distribution Capability (NDC), and streamlining decades of legacy processes with ONE Order. Aleks leaves behind a great team with a clear focus on customer service that will continue to drive critical changes under the capable leadership of Muhammad,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general and CEO.

 

Albakri joined IATA in January 2017 after more than a decade in the leadership team of Saudi Arabian Airlines where he successfully fulfilled the roles of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Transformation. At IATA, Albakri has been an agent of change, transforming the Africa and Middle East regional team to better serve member needs and pioneering the work of IATA’s Digital Transformation Advisory Council.

 

“Muhammad is well prepared to guide the development of IATA’s commercial offerings, settlement services and digital leadership. In normal times, these are critical functions—even more so in the middle of an industry crisis,” said de Juniac.

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

The missing digilink

Digitalisation of the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry is slowly gaining pace, but the haphazard manner of its advance and the shortage of common standards mean the full benefits may remain elusive.

Emirates commences trials of the IATA Travel Pass

Emirates has commenced trials of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass– a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or

Saudia Cargo enters into digital partnership with cargo.one

Saudia Cargo and e-booking platform cargo.one have entered into a distribution agreement to provide customers across the board with first class digital booking experience.

Jazeera Airways’ Board recommends capital increase

Jazeera Airways’ Board of Directors has recommended an increase to the company’s capital in the face of the most challenging six quarters for the global economy and more specifically, the travel and tourism industry.

Muscat International receives CEIV Pharma and CEIV Fresh cargo accreditations

Muscat International Airport has received IATA’s CEIV Pharma and CEIV Fresh cargo accreditations as a community facilitator.

Gulfstream flies first fully outfitted G700

The Gulfstream G700TM aircraft has flown for the first time fully outfitted and now joins the five other test aircraft already in the certification programme.

EDGE SK2601300621
See us at
DAS21_BTAviation MENA 2021Aviation Africa 2021 BTOCWorld Defence Show 2022