Emirates airline’s chief commercial officer Thierry Antinori has resigned from his position, the airline confirmed today.
Antinori, the executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Emirates, managed commercial operations and products, Emirates Skywards and Emirates Skycargo.
The airline has appointed Adnan Kazim, divisional senior vice president, Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimisation and Aeropolitical Affairs as the acting chief commercial officer.
With an aviation career that spans nearly 30 years, Frenchman Antinori joined the Dubai carrier in 2011, first as executive vice president for Passenger Sales Worldwide. In June 2013, he was promoted to chief commercial officer.
Prior to joining Emirates, Antinori held senior commercial positions at both Lufthansa and Air France.
The resignation comes just days after the airline announced its full-year results that revealed a 69% fall in profit.
While Emirates saw revenues increase by 6% to AED97.9 billion ($26.7bn), profits declined year-on-year to AED871 million.
In a highly competitive market with dampening demand, Emirates SkyCargo continued to deliver a strong performance during the 12 months, contributing to 14% of the airline’s total transport revenue - AED 13.1 billion ($3.6bn).
Antinori oversaw a partnership alignment last year that saw Emirates Skywards become the loyalty programme for both Emirates and Flydubai.
Source: Arabian Business