Emirates Airlines has announced that its longtime visionary leader, Tim Clarke, will retire form his role as CEO of the company in June of 2020.
Clarke has been at the helm of Emirates for more than 30 years, helping to transform the airline – and Dubai itself – from an upstart project to the global leader it is today.
Emirates began operations with only two planes on lease from a Pakistani airline. Today it has more than 270 aircraft of its own, including 113 A380 superjumbo and 50 more Airbus widebody aircraft on order.
As first reported by Emirati media outlet The National, news of Clarke’s retirement was announced to the company via an internal memo from Emirates Group Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
Clarke will stay on with Emirates as a consultant after his departure and will likely assist in or advise on the search for his replacement.