Menzies Aviation has made two senior additions to its Middle East, Africa and Asia (MEAA) team.

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.

Most recently, Lina El Mallah served as VP Lounges and VIP Services for Menzies Aviation. Based in Kuwait, she has more than ten years of functional and strategic experience in the telecom and aviation industries, including corporate sales, marketing intelligence and planning, strategic business planning and modelling as well as project management for various market segments. In her new role, she will be responsible for overseeing strategic transformations and working closely with senior leadership to ensure seamless integration within the region.

Lina El Mallah, SVP Org Change Menzies

Lina El Mallah moved to her new role on November 1

Al-Anood Al-Suwaidi joins Menzies Aviation from Etihad Airways where she most recently served as network safety and compliance manager for the cargo division. With almost ten years 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.

Al-Anood Alsuwaidi, SVP Cargo Menzies

Al-Anood Al-Suwaidi will join Menzies Aviation on January 1, 2024

Gender diversity

The appointment of both Lina El Mallah and Al-Anood Al-Suwaidi supports 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 International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 25by2025 campaign.

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.”

Al-Anood Al-Suwaidi will join Menzies Aviation on January 1, 2024, while Lina El Mallah moved to her new role on November 1.

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