New Qatar Airways Group CEO named

Engineer Badr Mohammed Al-Meer has been named today as the new Group Chief Executive for Qatar Airways. 

Engineer Badr Mohammed Al-Meer to become new head of the Qatar Airways Group (image Qatar Airways)

He succeeds the remarkable Akbar Al Baker, who will be stepping down from the current position in two weeks (5 November).

Al-Meer has worked alongside Al Baker with the development of the Hamad International Airport in the role of chief operating officer.

He is recognised as one of the most-respected executives in the airport world,  and his vision and drive was considered integral to the airport’s expansion project – which were key to to the successful hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, an important element of Qatar Airways success as a hub and to the country’s development long into the future.

Al-Meer has been the COO of HIA since June 2014 where he became responsible for running the entity that leads and manages the day-to-day operations of one of the world’s leading airport hubs.

Prior to joining HIA, Al-Meer served nine years in United Development Company (UDC), one of Qatar’s leading public shareholding companies. He was also senior vice president of the facilities management and capital projects divisions of Qatar Airways Group.

Al-Meer holds degrees in engineering from the American University of Beirut and the University of Colorado.