KPMG Advisory flies in former Emirates consultant Sheila Nazareth

13 May 2021 2 min. read
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KPMG has appointed a new leader of its Aviation Advisory practice, flying in near three decade Emirates veteran Sheila Nazareth to assume the role.

The aviation industry is facing its largest challenge in decades, and to navigate the stormy skies, airlines and industry groups often turn to external consultants for guidance and support. KPMG’s is one of the region’s leading consultants to the aviation sector, with the firm cementing its position in the scene with its latest senior hire.

During her twenty-seven year tenure at Emirates, Sheila Nazareth held a range of leadership roles and been part of the some of the group’s largest transformations. Most recently, she was a Vice President in the in-house consulting division of the airline, in charge of the Operations vertical.

Sheila Nazareth, Head of Aviation Advisory, KPMG

In the role, she led a 20-strong team focused on the delivery of cost saving and operational excellence programmes, as well as driving business process improvement across the group’s airline, cargo, ground handling, client and internal operations. During her twelve years in the internal consulting wing, she successfully delivered multiple large projects, including many supported by information technology capabilities such as data science and artificial intelligence.

Earlier in her career, Nazareth was a consultant in the in-house consulting team of Siemens (in India), while in between Emirates and KPMG, she worked for new kid-on-the-block Bauer Aviation Advisory.

Describing its new leader on her welcoming, KPMG Advisory stated: “With an entrepreneurial spirit, sharp eye for opportunities, belief in diplomacy and good leadership, insightful analytical disposition, and impactful communication, Sheila can effortlessly swing between the macro and micro, inspiring boardroom plans into realistic actions.”

According to a recent report by Oliver Wyman, the Middle East aviation industry is forecast for one of the slowest recovery paths globally, mounting pressure on regional airlines to build resilience into their business model and operations. As it adapts to the new normal of flying, Nazareth’s former employer Emirates is trailing an innovative new app that allows passengers to schedule Covid-19 tests prior to travel.