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Michael holds a Diploma in Business Administration at the Private University of the German Federal Reserve Bank, a Diploma in International Management from INSEAD Business School, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies from University St. Gallen.

He began his career at Lufthansa AG where he held various managerial positions in Finance, Internal Audit, Cost Management, Corporate Controlling and Risk Management. He later moved to head finance-related activities for Star Alliance before joining Thomas Cook AG as Director Corporate Controlling, and then Berlin-Chemie AG as Head of Controlling.

He joined Emirates in 2006 as VP for Outstation Finance and Risk Management, where he oversaw the airline’s finance activities across 80 countries and the Group’s credit risk management. In 2008 he was promoted to Senior VP Group Finance, and in 2021 he was appointed to his current role as Group CFO. He is responsible for managing Finance Strategy, Financial Reporting, Treasury and Insurance, FP&A, Taxation and Global Financial Services at the Emirates Group.

He is actively engaged with the aviation industry as chair of the Industry Financial Advisory Council of IATA, and guest lectures at the University of St. Gallen.