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Michael holds a Diploma in Business Administration from 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 the University of St. Gallen.

Michael joined Emirates in 2006 as Vice President for Outstation Finance and Risk Management. In this role, he was responsible for Finance activities across the airline’s network in more than 80 countries and the Group’s credit risk management in the UAE. From 2008, he served as Senior Vice President for Group Finance. In 2021, Michael was appointed Group CFO and is responsible for managing Finance Strategy, Financial Reporting, Treasury, Management Accounting, Global Financial Services and Insurance within the company. As of March 2024, Michael was promoted to Chief Financial and Group Services Officer.

He now heads Group functions including Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal and Group Investments. Michael is a board member of Emirates Aviation University, Emirates Flight Catering, MMI/Emirates Leisure Retail, and Emirates-CAE Flight Training. He is actively engaged with the aviation industry as a member of the Airline Financial Advisory Council of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Over the course of his career, he held various managerial positions at Lufthansa Group, Star Alliance, Thomas Cook AG (former C&N) and Berlin Chemie AG.