Head of Emirates Group IT Wins CIO of the Decade award

The Emirates Group divisional senior IT VP and head of Mercator, Mr Patrick Naef, has been named Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Decade by CIO, Europe’s leading IT magazine for Chief Information Officers and top business executives.

Presented at a ceremony held recently in Cologne, Germany, Mr Naef won in the category of ‘International Orientation’ and was identified as being among the world’s best CIOs by a jury of 70 experts from leading academics and industry practitioners.

Other winners were Audi’s CIO Klaus Straub and Guss Deckers, Airbus CIO.

As Head of IT for The Emirates Group (comprising Emirates Airline, dnata and more than 50 Group subsidiaries operating across the international aviation, travel, tourism and leisure industries), Naef is responsible for the team providing business technology solutions and systems which support the daily global operations and future growth plans of the Emirates Group – an international conglomerate employing more than 57,000 people and generating annual revenues in excess of US$15.6 billion.

Naef has exhibited world-class IT leadership at the Emirates Group by simplifying IT platforms, streamlining applications, reducing costs, and delivering world-class services. Headquartered in Dubai, the Group and its subsidiaries are active in many locations worldwide and Emirates flies to more than 100 destinations in over 60 countries.

“This award is testimony to the great achievements of our people, not only in IT but in other departments across the Group. Together our IT team aspires to achieve operational excellence, high performance, and technology value delivery in relentless pursuit of enhanced business results,” commented Naef.

Emirates Group Information Technology (EG-IT) is a corporate service unit, providing the IT business technology solutions and systems required to support the daily global operations and future aspirations and long-term growth plans of The Emirates Group – comprised of Emirates Airline, dnata and more than 50 subsidiary companies.

EG-IT’s 2,000 employees are responsible for all facet

Emirates Patrick Naef (left) receives the CIO of the Decade award recently

s of information technology. This includes the development and implementation of new technologies to expand corporate technological capabilities and to increase information accessibility and integrated systems management for the effective management of all businesses across the Group.


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