Wissam Hachem

Etihad Airways

Vice President Learning & Development

Wissam Hachem is Vice President of Learning & Development at Etihad Airways.

He is responsible for the design and implementation of the people development strategy across Etihad Airways and Etihad Airport Services.

Wissam is a HR professional with over 23 years’ experience in the airline industry. He joined Etihad Airways in its infancy in 2005 and has since held several key positions in Talent Acquisition and Learning & Development.

In 2007, Wissam was appointed Head of Corporate Development and Emiratisation. He played an instrumental role in setting-up local talent initiatives for the airline, which placed an emphasis on attracting talented UAE nationals into Etihad Airways. These initiatives laid the foundations for a successful company-wide Emiratisation strategy which remains a top HR priority today.

In his current capacity as Vice President of Learning & Development, Wissam focuses on building airline-specific capabilities among the company’s talent pool. He and his team provide business-aligned leadership development solutions, best-in-class performance management, talent succession strategies and company-wide career development to over 26,000 employees at Etihad Airways.

With Etihad Airways set to treble in size in the coming years, Wissam’s focus is on building individual capability to drive an outstanding organisational performance.