President Emirates Airline
Tim Clark has been a member of the senior management team since the year Emirates launched and was instrumental in transforming the airline from a one-route carrier operating off a dusty runway to a world leader serving more than 120 destinations.
He became President of Emirates airline in 2003 after spending 18 years helping build an aviation empire which owes much to the route networks he established soon after joining as Head of Airline Planning.
Mr Clark joined Emirates in 1985 after establishing a reputation as a talented route planner during four years at Bahrain’s Gulf Air, which had recruited him from the now-defunct British Caledonian Airways.
Using this experience, combined with the skills he developed while attaining an economics degree from London University in 1971, he scrutinised demographic data and passenger statistics to identify profitable new routes for Emirates.
Mr Clark saw potential in routes other airlines had passed over and for the first Emirates route, Pakistan was targeted - a nation which had a population of more than 150 million people but just one state carrier. Dubai’s strategic location was obvious and services to India soon followed, laying the foundations for him to build a sprawling network which now connects billions of people.
In addition, Mr Clark is the Chairman of the Emirates Airline Foundation, a non-profit charity that he helped found which provides humanitarian, philanthropic aid and services for children in need around the world.
Until 2008, Mr Clark was the Managing Director of SriLankan Airlines. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.