Jaan Albrecht joined Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as Chief Executive Officer in January 2017.
Albrecht is a dual national of Mexico and Germany and speaks fluently in German, English and Spanish.
With rich experience in the aviation industry spanning more than 43 years, beginning his career as a pilot then transitioning to diverse range of executive management positions, Albrecht has been steering SAUDIA to new heights in line with the Kingdom’s Saudi Vision 2020 transformation plan.
Albrecht spent 28 years at Mexicana Airlines where he held several leadership positions.
In 2001, he became the Chief Executive Officer of Star Alliance, widely credited for growing its membership from 10 to 27 airlines in 25 countries.
Albrecht also spent four years in Vienna managing a successful turnaround of Austrian Airlines as Chief Executive Officer.
He subsequently moved to become the Chief Executive Officer of SunExpress Turkey and SunExpress Germany, a joint venture low cost leisure carrier of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa.
SAUDIA is now on its 74th year of operations.