03 November 2009
Dubai, UAE: The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the UAE announced a transformation program with global management consultancy firm, Booz & Company.
H.E Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy and Chairman of GCAA board signed the contract with Mr. Richard Shediac, Partner at Booz & Company last week in Dubai.
Cognizant of the challenges international aviation bodies and the aviation industry in general, regionally and globally have faced in recent months, the GCAA’s decision to undertake an extensive transformation program demonstrates the organization’s commitment to anticipate global aviation trends and help mature regional aviation operational systems and enhance its oversight function.
“We are definitely excited by the unprecedented growth the aviation sector across the UAE is seeing; however along with this success comes the challenge to enhance aviation services and increase safety standards,” said Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of the GCAA.
Suwaidi further commented: “We believe that the partnership with Booz & Company will grant us extensive insights into strategic leadership practices, enhanced technology and service innovation process, better insight into program management and performance evaluation. Maturity in these areas will undoubtedly contribute towards our long term vision in being a global leader in innovative aviation safety services.”
The transformation program aims at further streamlining the existing GCAA structure, enhancing the organization’s technical capabilities, strengthening oversight functions and enhancing the GCAA’s interface and its collaboration with key strategic stakeholders.
“We are privileged to have been appointed as consultants to GCAA for the organization’s comprehensive transformation program,” commented Richard Shediac, Partner at Booz & Company. “The aviation industry continues to evolve on a regional and global scale and is expected to see strong growth. In this context, organizations like GCAA have recognized the opportunity to be at the forefront of change and contribute to the industry’s overall development, while securing future competitive advantage.”
Booz & Company offers integrated, capability-based, and authoritative industry perspective combined with deep functional capabilities as the only dedicated A&D industry consulting team among the leading management consultancies.
The three-phase program is scheduled to commence on 1 November 2009 with an overall duration of twenty-four months. Phase One of the plan includes service analysis and strategic formulation backed by a transformation plan and design.
Phase Two involves the actual implementation and transformation program of all the operational departments of the GCAA which is then followed by a post-transforming for a smooth transition under phase three.
“In an industry that is constantly evolving, improving operational efficiency helps any key aviation body retain its competitive edge and add value to the expanding global industry,” added Suwaidi.