President for Africa and the Middle East
Mikail Houari is Airbus' President for Africa and the Middle East, having been appointed to this position by the company in February 2017.
Houari, who previously served as Deputy President for Africa and the Middle East, brings to the position more than 25 years of experience within the industry at a global level. In his role as President for Africa and the Middle East, he leads the team to drive operations and future business across the region.
He began his career at Alcatel where he worked in Spain, China and Latin America, after which Houari joined Thales, focusing initially on business in Saudi Arabia, thereafter leading global sales of its SCADA products and services.
Houari joined Airbus in 2005 as Vice President for Latin America, overseeing the defence and space divisions from where he moved to the UAE in the same capacity covering the Middle East region. In 2011, he was appointed as General Delegate for Airbus Group, before taking the position as Deputy President for Airbus in Africa and Middle East.