Head of Emirates IT named CIO of the Decade
Divisional Senior Vice President IT of The Emirates Group and Head of Mercator, Patrick Naef, has been named Chief Information Officer of the Decade by CIO, Europe’s leading IT magazine for Chief Information Officers and top business executives. The award was presented at a ceremony held recently in Cologne, Germany. Patrick won in the ‘ International Orientation’ category and was rated among the world’s best CIOS by a jury of 70 experts from among leading academics and industry practitioners.
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), Patrick Naef is responsible for the team providing business technology solutions and systems which support daily global operations and future growth plans of the Emirates Group - an international conglomerate employing more than 57,000 people and generating annual revenues of US $ 15.6 billion.
Standing alongside other industry greats including Audi’s CIO Klaus Straub and Guss Deckers, CIO of Airbus, the award honours Patrick’s visionary style and solid leadership abilities and gives recognition to his 2,000- strong Dubaibased IT team. Patrick 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 as Emirates flies to 114 destinations in 67 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 Mr. Naef. “I feel honoured to be recognized amongst a stellar group of finalists and previous winners who have made a significant impact in their role of Chief Information Officer, in managing their company’s enterprisewide information systems. These are the born leaders who illustrate the growing significance of the CIO role and the impact it has within their organizations and to the international industry as a whole.”
CIO of the Decade in the Category of International Orientation, Patrick Naef (right), along with Guss Dekkers, the CIO of Eads/airbus.