Menzies appoints two SVPs for Middle East, Africa and Asia

Menzies Aviation has strengthened its leadership with the appointment of two senior members of its Middle East, Africa and Asia (MEAA) team.

Picture: Right to Left: Al-Anood Al-Suwaidi, Lina El Mallah 

Lina El Mallah has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President (SVP) Organisation Change and Systems, while Al-Anood Al-Suwaidi joins the company as SVP of Cargo for the MEAA region.

Al-Suwaidi will join Menzies Aviation on 1 January 2024, while Lina El Mallah will transition to her new role, effective today (1 November 2023).

Based in Kuwait, El Mallah has more than 10 years of functional and strategic experience in the telecom and aviation industries, including corporate sales, marketing intelligence and planning, strategic business planning and modeling as well as project management for various market segments. Most recently, she served as VP Lounges and VIP Services for Menzies Aviation. 

Al-Suwaidi joins Menzies Aviation from Etihad Airways where she recently served as Network Safety and Compliance Manager for the cargo division.

With almost 10 years working in Etihad’s cargo business, Al-Anood brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the sector having managed the carrier’s Cargo Compliance Audit Program and headed cargo operations in both North and East Europe, ensuring continuous safety awareness across the entire Etihad cargo network.

Charles Wyley, EVP, Middle East, Africa and Asia, Menzies Aviation said: “We’re delighted to welcome Lina and Al-Anood to the Menzies MEAA team, as we focus on our market growth strategy and build on our presence in the MEAA region. Over the past 12 months, we’ve seen a steady growth in both passenger and cargo volumes, and look forward to working together to deliver safe, secure and high-quality services for our expanding customer base.”

The appointments support the company’s commitment to increase gender diversity and the proportion of women in its middle leadership to at least 40% by 2033 and senior leadership population to a minimum of 25% by 2025, in line with the IATA's 25by2025 campaign.

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