DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Middle East carrier Gulf Air has named its third full-time CEO in as many years as it struggles to turn itself around amid a global travel slump.
The Bahrain-based airline said Thursday that former Royal Jordanian CEO Samer Majali will replace Bjorn Naf in the coming months.
Gulf Air Chairman Talal al-Zain will manage the company in the interim.
Naf has led Gulf Air since July 2007. He replaced previous CEO and fellow Swiss national Andre Dose, who left the company within months of his appointment after revealing serious financial problems at the carrier.
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State-owned Gulf Air, which has struggled to compete against younger Gulf rivals like Emirates and Etihad Airways, says Naf is leaving "to pursue other interests."