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Saudi Arabian Airlines names Jaan Albrecht as new CEO

Veteran with more than 40 years’ experience, was earlier the CEO at Austrian Airlines and Star Alliance

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Saudi Arabian Airlines Group has appointed Jaan Albrecht, the former CEO of SunExpress, a Turkish airline based in Antalya, as its new chief executive effective January next year, said a report.

Albrecht, a veteran with more than 40 years’ experience in the aviation industry, was earlier the CEO at Austrian Airlines and Star Alliance, according to Air Transport World.

In his new role, he will be reporting directly to group’s director-general Saleh Al Jasser.

The Saudi Arabian Airlines is member of the SkyTeam alliance.

In 2001, Albrecht became Star Alliance CEO, leading the push for growth of the alliance from 10 to 27 member airlines in 25 countries.

He also spent four years as Austrian Airlines’ CEO, managing the successful turnaround of the company.