With its previous regional head retiring after serving for 30 years, Airbus has appointed Mikail Houari, 50, as President for Africa and the Middle East region.
Houari joined Airbus in 2005 and has previously served as Deputy President for MEA in careering spanning over 25 years.
In 2011, Mikail was appointed as General Delegate for Airbus Group, before taking the position as Deputy President for Airbus in Africa and Middle East. Prior to that he had served at Alcatel as well as Thales.
“Mikail's extensive business and market experience will allow him to lead Airbus in the region and deliver on its objectives,” says Tom Enders, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus.
"Under his leadership, Airbus will continue to expand its regional presence as new and existing markets emerge and evolve across Africa and the Middle East.”
Houari replaces Habib Fekih who established Airbus Middle East in 2006 when he took the helm as President for Africa and the Middle East.
“Habib Fekih is one of Airbus' longest serving and most successful sales executives. He is one of the architects of Airbus’ new commercial structure,” said Tom Enders. During his 30-year tenure at Airbus, he has successfully piloted the company’s significant growth across one of Airbus’ most dynamic regions.”
Under Fekih's leadership, Airbus sold more than 1,300 aircraft to airlines and leasing companies across the region, raising its market share in the region to more than 60 percent. He was instrumental in leading his team to achieve close to 40 percent of all A380 sales and more than 35 percent of A350 sales.