#MeetADS: Omar Kadhim, Head of Aerospace Operations and Business Development

Omar joined ADS in February 2018, heading up Business Development and Operations in our Civil Aerospace team. After several years in industry, he now helps ADS members find and access business opportunities in the U.K. and overseas. Working with partners and Government, he supports ADS activity in:

  • Advising UK SMEs and manufacturers on marketing, strategy and facilitating relevant introductions into higher tier Aerospace companies.
  • Promoting U.K. technology and manufacturing to Primes OEMs and Global Capability Offices at Boeing, Airbus and Embraer.
  • Supporting Department for International Trade in sourcing and curating relevant, high performing UK Aerospace supplier submissions to trade missions.
  • Working with innovators across industry to shape consortia, develop business cases and find relevant R&D funding across ADS and Government.

Omar also oversees our civil Aerospace special interest groups including the Through Life Service Group focusing on MRO and servitised business models, the Systems and Equipment Group which brings together the leading UK power system OEMs and the Aircraft Interiors Group which includes over 200 UK designers, manufacturers and service providers.

Omar studied Aerospace engineering at the University of Cambridge, completing technical internships at Jordanian MRO JorAMCo, and engine performance simulation at the University of Cambridge. He then held project and programme management roles at AAR, supporting airlines in Singapore and Japan. Before joining ADS, Omar was at GE where he led component sales into the Middle East and Russia for their aircraft leasing and trading business, GECAS.

Omar’s expertise areas include MRO, Aerospace-service business models, airline analytics and digitisation, advanced manufacturing, gas turbine performance and control systems.

In his spare time he blogs about his side projects in programming, design and flying cars at omarkadhim.com and enjoys exploring the UK countryside with his wife Michelle!

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Already an ADS Member? Find out more about activities, programmes and opportunities by contacting Omar.Kadhim@adsgroup.org.uk