Amman, March 31, 2021 - The Royal Jordanian Board of Directors elected, in its session held on March 30, 2021, Samer Majali as Vice Chairman and designated him to assume the role of RJ President/CEO as of March 30, 2021.
Chairman of the Board of Directors Said Darwazah said that the board elected Majali, who was a member of the RJ family and an expert in the civil aviation and the air transport industry. This decision, he said, reflects that board’s keenness to continue the company's strategy that targets development and comprehensive progress amid the tough times faced by the global air transportation due to the spread of Coronavirus. He underlined the considerable impact of COVID-19 on the global air transport industry. RJ was not spared; it has been negatively affected by the outbreak of this disease, considering the closure of international airports and the strict restrictions imposed on travel in Jordan and globally.
Samer Majali brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise, and he is widely credited for the companies’ growth and expansion in the region. His latest tenure was founding Plane Vision, a Corporate Strategy & Organization Advisory in Bahrain. Between 2013 and 2019, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of SaudiGulf Airlines. In 2009, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Air for the period of three years.
Majali was an active member of various international organizations in the aviation industry and beyond; he was an Ex Member of the IATA Board of Governors and was then elected to become Ex-Chairman of the IATA Board of Governors (2008-2009). He was also Ex Member of the Board of Central Bank of Jordan (2011-2020), in addition to other professional affiliations.
He began working at Royal Jordanian in 1979, with an illustrious career that gave him top executive positions across flight operations, corporate planning, information technology, passenger services, engineering and maintenance, until he occupied the position of President/CEO between 2001 and 2009.
Majali holds M.Sc. Degree in Air Transport Management from Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK, and B.Sc. Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and Design, Loughborough University of Technology, UK.