Amman, Royal Jordanian Board of Directors, chaired by Nasser Lozi, appointed in its July 29, 2009, session Hussein Dabbas president and chief executive officer of Royal Jordanian Airline, effective August 1, 2009, succeeding engineer Samer Majali who stepped down from Royal Jordanian, starting July 31, to become chief executive of Gulf Air, based in Bahrain.

Lozi stressed that electing Dabbas, who is already a member of the RJ family and an expert in the civil aviation and the air transport industry, reflects the board's keenness to continue the company's strategy that targets development and comprehensive progress, followed ever since Majali took over the presidency of the airline in 2001.

During Majali's tenure as president/CEO, the airline witnessed continuous success when it comes to fleet modernization, route network, IT systems that improved services offered passengers and facilitated travel through Jordanian and international airports.

He said that the board of directors and RJ employees were confident that Dabbas' capability and wide practical and professional knowledge will help RJ achieve its goals and soar to new heights, enabling the airline to face the difficult times that the global economy is going through. Lozi pointed to the distinguished position RJ enjoys among international airlines who saw it fit to work side by side under the oneworld airline alliance.

Lozi extended to Dabbas his and the board's wishes of success in managing the national carrier of Jordan, emphasizing on the board's unconditional support to him, in the quest to attain the goals of the airline in the coming period.

He also expressed his heartfelt gratitude and thanks to Majali, for the fruitful, valuable efforts he exerted while president, during which RJ saw a real quantitative leap, placing RJ in the position it holds in the air transport industry.

Dabbas joined Royal Jordanian in 1979. He holds a master's degree in international management and marketing from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona, and a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of San Francisco, California, USA.

Dabbas held several positions at RJ, particularly in the commercial and marketing sector, the last being vice president of marketing, sales and services, since 2005.

He was head of the Marketing and Sales Department between 2001 and 2005, and assistant vice president for Passengers Sales and Marketing, between 1996 and 1999. Between 1992 and 1996, Dabbas held the position of the general manager for the United States operation based in New York, and assistant vice president, marketing between 1989 and 1992.

Dabbas is board member of the Jordan Tourism Board, a member of the IATA Industry Affairs Committee, the RJ representative at the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) commercial committee and the RJ representative at the oneworld commercial committee OMC. He is also a board member of Royal Wings charter airline, and head of the management committee of Royal Tours.

Dabbas was born in Amman in 1955. He is married with two children.

Source: Press Release (Royal Jordanian)