Rolls Royce appoints new regional director for ME

John Gay has been named as regional director for Rolls Royce

John Gay, Rolls Royce's new regional director, Middle East.
John Gay, Rolls Royce's new regional director, Middle East.

Rolls Royce has appointed John Gay as Regional Director, Middle East. John takes over from Rob Watson, who will be moving to Bristol to take on the position of senior vice president customer business Asia-Pacific within the Defence business.

John moves to the Middle East after a two year posting in India, where he served as Rolls-Royce’s senior VP of Defence Aerospace in South Asia. He began his career with the company at the age of 16 as a technician apprentice and has held a number of key business roles including international assignments in Europe, South America and India before accepting the position of Regional Director, Middle East. John will be based from the company’s office in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi.

Robert Watson, Rolls-Royce, outgoing regional director, said; "It has been an exciting three years developing our business in The Middle East, which is an important growth market for Rolls-Royce. John’s international experience and deep knowledge of Rolls-Royce will help us make the most of the market opportunities we see ahead.”

"The Middle East remains a strong focus for Rolls-Royce as our business and our customer relationships continue to grow. Our recent achievements in the region are a testament to Rob’s hard work and we look forward to building on this success. As part of our business objectives, we are keen to support the skills and industrial development agendas of the region’s governments," said Gay.

In the Middle East, Rolls-Royce products have been in use for over 75 years, with the first Rolls-Royce powered aircraft flying in the region in 1929. It has also installed over 400 industrial gas turbines servicing the oil and gas industry across the region.


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