Rolls-Royce Announces New Leadership for Africa

Rolls-Royce Plc on Tuesday announced the appointment of John Kelly to the position of President for the Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa (META), with immediate effect.

John served as Senior Vice President of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for the Civil Aerospace business wing of the United Kingdom-based engineering company for the past six years.

In his new role, he will assume group-wide leadership and representation for the Group’s Civil Aerospace, Power Systems, and Defence businesses across the META region.

Rolls-Royce develops and delivers complex power and propulsion solutions for safety-critical applications in the air, at sea, and on land and employs over 150 people across Africa with an extensive reach across the region. 

It’s Civil Aerospace business serves over 20 African airline customers, including Ethiopian Airlines Group, and has over 50% market share in powering the African widebody aircraft market, with engines installed on over 80 widebody aircraft in service and another 30 on order. 

The new president said Africa “is on target to become the first to grow its economies solely through modern technologies and sustainable low-carbon energy sources”. 

“This rapidly developing and innovative region is vital to Rolls-Royce’s future,” he said. “I will aim to ensure we build upon our foundations while supporting transformative economic growth, climate resilience, and an energy transition that is right for Africa.”

“We will leverage opportunities for all the Rolls-Royce businesses, providing safety-critical power and propulsion solutions for Africa’s major infrastructure projects and industrial customers,” John added.

Globally, Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing carriers, in addition to its customers engaged in the power system and defense sector.