Ahmed Jazzar has served as president of Boeing Saudi Arabia since July 2005. He is responsible for all Boeing business operations in Saudi Arabia, including leading government affairs, developing and implementing the Boeing Saudi Arabia strategy, maturing Boeing industrial partnerships, implementing corporate citizenship projects, growing Boeing’s presence and reinforcing company relationships with customers and other stakeholders. Jazzar is also responsible for communicating and implementing Boeing’s vision, mission and messages in Saudi Arabia.
In addition to his current role, Jazzar serves as chairman of the Boeing Industrial Technology Group. Outside Boeing, he is a member of the board of trustees of Alfaisal University, an advisory committee member of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, a board member of Alsalam Aerospace Industries and a board member of the Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company.
Jazzar has also served as a member of the board of directors of the Saudi Aviation Club and Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. He was a board member on the operations committee of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) and a member of the advisory committee of the King Abdulaziz University College of Engineering.
Before Boeing, Jazzar had 30 years of experience in the commercial aviation industry. He started his career with Saudi Arabian Airlines in 1974 as a certified mechanic in the radio shop after his graduation from Dunwoody Industrial Institute in electronics design.
Throughout his career with the airline, he held a variety of positions, including senior and master avionics engineer, general manager of the Royal Aircraft Engineering and Maintenance Division, and vice president of the Technical Services Division in charge of all Saudi Arabian Airlines aircraft maintenance worldwide.
As Technical Services Division vice president, he oversaw the engineering, planning and maintenance operations of the commercial and royal fleet of Saudi Arabian Airlines, which consisted of more than 100 airplanes, and managed a labor force of more than 5,800 employees.
In addition, Jazzar helped establish a training institute in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for maintenance technicians to fulfill Federal Aircraft Administration (FAA), Joint Aviation Administration (JAA) and General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) license requirements. He also helped Saudi Airlines, now Saudia, achieve JAA certification and expand its FAA certification for its modification, repair and overhaul (MRO) business.
Jazzar holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and completed the Columbia Senior Executive program at Columbia University Graduate School of Business in New York.