Etihad Aviation Group (EAG) announced Abdul Khaliq Saeed would lead Etihad Airways Engineering as CEO.
Saeed replaces Jeff Wilkinson, who is leaving the post after 11 years with the company. Saeed was previously CEO at Turbine Services & Solutions (TS&S) since 2014.
Before joining TS&S, he was President and CEO of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) until it was acquired by Etihad Airways and became Etihad Airways Engineering in 2014. He has also held senior positions within Mubadala Aerospace, Jet Airways, and Gulf Air.
“We are delighted to have Abdul Khaliq as CEO of Etihad Airways Engineering. The organisation has become a critical enabler for UAE commercial aviation and Abu Dhabi’s role as a global aviation hub over the past 25 years. Under his leadership, we will maintain our focus on innovation and business performance,” said Mohamed Mubarak Fadhel Al Mazrouei, chairman of the board of Etihad Aviation Group.
Wilkinson had led the integration of ADAT to Etihad Airways Engineering, "a complex change management programme that required skilful leadership," said Ray Gammell, interim CEO of EAG. "During his tenure, the company became the largest airline MRO provider in the region, the first with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval to manufacture 3D-printed aircraft cabin parts."