Patrick Naef

Patrick Naef



85bn AED




Patrick Naef is Divisional Senior Vice President IT of the Emirates Group, which comprises of Emirates, dnata and more than 80 group subsidiaries operating across the international aviation, travel, tourism and leisure industries. 

With more than 68,000 employees and annual revenues in excess of US$21 billion, Patrick is responsible for providing business technology solutions and systems to support the daily global operations and future growth plans of the group and its subsidiary companies.

His remit also includes full accountability for mercator, the commercial facing arm of Emirates Group IT. New technologies developed by mercator are marketed and sold to airlines across the world; with more than 100 airlines currently using mercator's products to manage their passenger and cargo operations.

Born and educated in Switzerland, Patrick has more than 20 years of experience in senior management gained from the information technology, banking, finance and insurance services industries.

Before joining Emirates, he held the position of Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of Swissair. Prior to this, Patrick was Chief Technology Officer of the Swissair Group and founding member of its internet travel portal,

Other positions held include Group Chief Information Officer of SIG Group, a global industry manufacturing group headquartered in Switzerland and various roles with Bank Julius Bar, Zurich Financial Services and Hewlett-Packard.

Patrick holds an Executive MBA in Business Engineering and a Masters of Computer Science from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.

  • Global Exchange Award 2011