Top CEOs In The Middle East
Rank: #11

Akbar Al Baker

Sector: Aviation
Company: Qatar Airways
Designation: Group CEO
Nationality: Qatari
Residence: Qatar

Since being appointed in 1997, Al Baker has been instrumental in the growth of Qatar Airways from a small local airline to a fleet of over 300 aircraft flying to more than 130 destinations across six continents. Today Qatar Airways is one of the world’s largest carriers with stakes in other global airlines, including a 25% holding in International Airlines Group, 10% in LATAM, 9.9% in Cathay Pacific, and 5% in China Southern Airlines. The carrier reported revenues of $14 billion and $35 billion in assets in the 2019/20 financial year. A holder of a private pilot license, Al Baker leads a global workforce of more than 50,000 people.