Airbus appoints Mikail Houari as President for Africa and the Middle East
Airbus has appointed Mikail Houari, 50, as President for Africa and the Middle East region.
Houari, who previously served as Deputy President for Africa and the Middle East, brings to the position more than 25 years of experience within the industry at a global level. In his new role, he will lead the team to drive operations and future business across the region.
Houari began his career at Alcatel where he worked in Spain, China and Latin America, after which he joined Thales, focusing initially on business in Saudi Arabia, thereafter leading global sales of its SCADA products and services.
He joined Airbus in 2005 as Vice President for Latin America, overseeing the defence and space divisions from where he moved to the UAE in the same capacity covering the Middle East region.
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.
“Mikail's extensive business and market experience will allow him to lead Airbus in the region and deliver on its objectives,” said 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.”
Mikail Houari is a business graduate in Applied Commercial Sciences from Paris. He succeeds Habib Fekih, who will retire after 30 years of service with Airbus.