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Emirates appoints new Country Manager in Nigeria


Emirates has appointed Paulos Legesse as the new Country Manager for Nigeria. The move comes as part of a larger rotation for the commercial management team, to support shifting market dynamics and navigate the complex challenges posed by the global pandemic. Paulos Legesse will commence his new role in Nigeria from January 1, 2021. Legesse was previously the Emirates Country Manager in Ivory Coast.

In his new role as Country Manager in Nigeria, Legesse will oversee Emirates operations in Abuja and Lagos. He will also be tasked to maximize revenue opportunities and help further position Emirates as a customer-centric airline through meeting and exceeding customer expectations across various in-market touchpoints.

With over 20 years of experience in Aviation, Legesse is well-acquainted to the Nigerian market, serving as the Country Manager from 2009 until 2013. From 2013 to 2016, he was assigned as Country Manager of Zimbabwe, followed by Ivory Coast from 2016, in charge of the overall operations and team. Legesse comes in with extensive experience, with a keen understanding of the aviation landscape in Africa. He will oversee operations and the team in Nigeria, an important market for Emirates in the region.

Legesse holds a Master of Business Administration in Aviation Management from Coventry University in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Addis Ababa University. He also holds a Diploma in Airline Marketing & Finance, and Diploma in Accounting from College of Commerce in Ethiopia.

Afzal Parambil, who was previously Regional Manager West Africa, will be posted in South Africa, as Emirates Regional Manager, South Africa.

Meanwhile, the Emirates Group today rolled out the COVID-19 vaccination programme for its substantial UAE based workforce in coordination with the Dubai Health Authority and the Ministry of Health and Prevention. The inoculation drive began on Monday January 18th with priority being placed on its frontline aviation workforce, including Cabin Crew, Flight Deck and other operationally focused roles.

The Emirates Group is making both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinopharm vaccines, which have been approved by the UAE health authorities, conveniently accessible to its employees at various company locations across the UAE. Inoculation appointments will run 12 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure as many essential aviation workers as possible can get the vaccine. Emirates Group employees in the UAE can also opt to get vaccinated at government designated medical centres and clinics, as the UAE’s leadership and health authorities have spared no effort to make vaccines free and accessible to the population.

According to the data compiled by Our World In Data, a research website based at Oxford University, the UAE is ranked second highest in the world for vaccination rates, with over 19.04 doses administrated for every 100 people, and close to 1.9 million vaccinations have been given to citizens and residents since their rollout in December 2020. The UAE is also on track to inoculate over 50% of its population by the end of March.

Over the course of the pandemic, Emirates and dnata have implemented multiple layers of safety measures, to ensure the health and safety of customers, employees and the communities served. The rollout of its vaccination programme is another step forward, helping to safeguard the health and wellbeing of aviation employees who serve the travelling public and help move essential goods around the world.