The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA] today announced the appointment of Kuljit Ghata-Aura as the new Chairman of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META), excluding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, effective September 30.
Ghata-Aura, which returns to the Middle East, Turkey and Africa region, will be based in Dubai. He will be responsible for leading all business-wide activities and developing and implementing strategies for a region that is home to some of Boeing’s largest commercial, defense and service customers.
Ghata-Aura, who previously served as Boeing’s regional legal advisor in India, the Middle East, Turkey and Africa for nearly six years, will oversee the company’s new business and industry partnership opportunities, safety and security efforts. sustainable development, government affairs and corporate citizenship. He will also oversee Boeing’s efforts to expand its presence and strengthen its relationships with customers and other stakeholders in the region.
Ghata-Aura succeeds Bernie Dunn, who is leaving Boeing after more than nine years with the company in the region.
â€œIt is a great pleasure for me to announce the appointment of Kuljit Ghata-Aura as the new President of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa. Kuljit brings to this role extensive experience gained in many of Boeing’s most important markets and companies, including the Middle East, Turkey and Africa region, where he has spent significant time. I look forward to working with Kuljit to drive growth in the region, â€said Sir Michael Arthur, President of Boeing International. “We thank Bernie for his great contribution to the growth of Boeing’s presence in the META region over the past seven years and wish him well for the future.”
Boeing’s presence in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa dates back decades. Boeing has offices in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Turkey, South Africa, Egypt, Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The company also has several industrial and academic partnerships in the region. Today, the region is one of the fastest growing commercial aircraft markets in the world, and its defense needs are increasing rapidly.
â€œI am delighted to return to the Middle East, Turkey and Africa region in this important leadership role and join my colleagues as we continue to focus on partnering with all stakeholders in the world. one of the most dynamic and important markets for the company in META. Boeing has a strong presence in the region and there continue to be unique opportunities. We are, and continue to be, committed to working closely with civil aviation and defense authorities and our customers to help achieve the region’s aerospace ambitions and goals, â€said Ghata-Aura. .
Ghata-Aura joined Boeing in 2010 and has held several executive positions for the company in Europe, Russia, Israel, India and the META region. In addition to being Boeing’s regional legal advisor in India, Middle East, Turkey and Africa for nearly six years, Ghata-Aura also served as UAE Market Development Director from 2015. to 2016. Prior to joining Boeing, Ghata-Aura was a partner in a large international firm practicing cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He graduated from the University of Oxford.
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