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Abu Dhabi Airports Appoints Elena Sorlini as Managing Director and CEO

Elena Sorlini brings over 20 years of aviation experience to lead Abu Dhabi Airports, driving growth and empowering women in leadership.

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Abu Dhabi Airports has officially appointed Elena Sorlini as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, following her interim role since June 2023.

With over two decades of experience in the aviation sector, Sorlini brings a wealth of knowledge to her new position. Her career includes significant roles such as Executive Director of Transport and Logistics at ADQ, Vice President of Group Corporate Strategy at Oman Aviation Group, and Strategy Director at Copenhagen Airports.

Prior to her current role, Sorlini served as Vice President at Macquarie Airports, a major player in airport ownership and operation worldwide. Additionally, she holds positions on the boards of Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi Aviation, and ADQ Aviation and Aerospace Services.

Abu Dhabi Airports manages the operation of five commercial airports in Abu Dhabi. Notably, the recently inaugurated Terminal A at Abu Dhabi International Airport stands as one of the world’s largest airport terminals. It serves as the primary hub for Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national carrier, boasting the capacity to accommodate up to 45 million passengers annually and house 79 aircraft simultaneously.

Sorlini’s appointment comes at a pivotal moment for Abu Dhabi Airports, coinciding with significant developments in its infrastructure and operations. Under her leadership, the organization is poised to navigate challenges and capitalize on opportunities in the aviation industry.

As Managing Director and CEO, Sorlini is expected to drive strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing the efficiency, safety, and passenger experience across Abu Dhabi’s airports. Her extensive background in aviation, coupled with her proven leadership capabilities, positions her as a key driver of Abu Dhabi Airports’ continued success and growth trajectory.

After her appointment Elena Sorlini, said, “I am honoured to have been officially appointed as the managing director and chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Airports. Following the opening of Terminal A, I remain committed to unlocking the full growth potential of Abu Dhabi’s tourism and trade industry. I look forward to contributing to the recognition of Abu Dhabi International airport as one of the best airports in the world, meeting the highest standards of quality for our passengers.”

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Advisor of Special Affairs at the Presidential Court and chairman of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi Airports, added, “On behalf of the board, we are delighted to welcome Elena Sorlini as the managing director and chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Airports. With her proven track record of success in the aviation sector, we have full confidence in her ability to lead the organisation through its next phase of growth, underscored by our commitment to solidifying Abu Dhabi’s position as a global tourism destination and a leading aviation hub.”

With Sorlini leading the way, her strategic vision and commitment to excellence will shape Abu Dhabi’s aviation future. It’s also a significant step towards empowering women in leadership roles within the organization.

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