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GA Telesis Engine Services Appoints Mikael Draoui to Sales Director of Middle East & North Africa Region

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April 8, 2024 – Helsinki, Finland – GA Telesis Engine Services (“GATES”) announced today that Mikael Draoui has been appointed as Sales Director of Middle East & North Africa region. Draoui’s successful track record in this region, deep understanding of aviation after-market, and passion for growth makes him the ideal leader to spearhead GATES’s growth initiatives in these important strategic markets.

Mikael comes with over 15 years of experience in sales, project management, and commercial leadership within commercial aviation MRO and aircraft cabin management space. Residing in Dubai and originally from France, Mikael steadily built his career marked by progressive roles, showcasing his skills in aviation sales, account management, and strategic negotiation.

His previous position as General Manager Sales & Services – Middle-East for Air France Industries-KLM E&M provided him with stellar experience and proven ability to exceed sales targets navigating complex sales campaigns. Central to Mikael’s winning approach is his commitment to genuinely understanding and meeting distinct needs of each customer, aiming to deliver customized, impactful solutions.

Mikael’s strong academic background, featuring double master’s degrees from prestigious engineering universities in France and the UK, complements his professional experience and gives him solid practical understanding of aviation design and production. His Project Management Professional (PMP) certification underscores his dedication to excellence in project execution. Additionally, Mikael’s multilingual capabilities (French, English, Spanish, & intermediate Arabic) enable him to effectively communicate with diverse teams, aiding in successful negotiations and establishment of meaningful partnerships.

“Mikael’s passion for sales growth, combined with strategic mindset and a deep understanding of the regional market in MENA, makes him a significant addition to GATES sales team. We are excited to see him make a significant impact to our growth trajectory in the region,” says Gunnar Sigurfinnsson – President, GATES Services.

About GA Telesis 

GA Telesis is the leading provider of integrated services in the commercial aviation industry. Through the GA Telesis Ecosystem™, the Company is distinctly positioned, across six continents, to leverage its resources to create innovative solutions for its customers. Consisting of global operations encompassing component solutions and MRO Services business units for landing gear, component/composite, and turbine engine repair, as well as digital solutions, the GA Telesis Ecosystem™ provides an unparalleled resource to airlines. The Company’s core business is its mission to ensure “Customer Success,” built from a reputation for unsurpassed excellence and integrity.

About GA Telesis Engine Services

GA Telesis Engine Services (GATES) is a fully integrated subsidiary of GA Telesis, offering customers a seamless engine solution that combines high-quality repair and overhaul services as well as world-class supply chain services. The GATES facility is based in Helsinki, Finland, and operates under FAA, EASA, CAAC, TCCA, DGAC, GACA, ANAC, and ECAA approvals for CFM56-5B, CFM56-7B, and General Electric CF6-80C2 turbine engines. GATES has an integrated test cell capable of up to 100,000 pounds of thrust and can overhaul up to 200 engines per year. GATES Go-Team is also one of the few companies authorized by EASA to perform remote repairs on engines that are installed on aircraft.

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