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Paul Do­herty Ian Palmer

Dubai pri­vate busi­ness club The Cap­i­tal Club has ap­pointed Ian Palmer as gen­eral man­ager. Palmer has built ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in in­ter­na­tional ho­tel op­er­a­tions, hav­ing started his ca­reer in his home city of Lon­don in 1991 with the Savoy Group of Ho­tels and Restau­rants. He has worked at, helped set up and re-launched ho­tels and clubs in­clud­ing The Arts Club, Bud­dha Bar and The Club at Café Royal. Palmer will over­see the Cap­i­tal Club Dubai team, its long-term strat­egy and op­er­a­tions, and will be re­spon­si­ble for reviving the club through a se­ries of ini­tia­tives and new prac­tices. Faith­ful + Gould has pro­moted Paul Do­herty to the po­si­tion of UAE coun­try direc­tor. Do­herty has been with the in­ter­na­tional project and pro­gramme man­age­ment con­sul­tancy for 18 years, and will be re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ing the com­pany’s busi­ness within the UAE. Do­herty has held nu­mer­ous posts at Faith­ful + Gould, in­clud­ing na­tional busi­ness devel­op­ment lead of the SCAPE As­set Man­age­ment Frame­work, and head of op­er­a­tions for the UK West Mid­lands re­gion.

Alan Gow

Alan Gow has been ap­pointed as group CEO of Vir­gin Mo­bile Mid­dle East and Africa, as the com­pany pre­pares to launch op­er­a­tions in the UAE. He co-founded the orig­i­nal Vir­gin Mo­bile in the UK along­side Sir Richard Bran­son and was re­spon­si­ble for steer­ing the com­pany through a se­ries of fund­ing rounds and an IPO in 2004, fol­lowed by a $1.6bn sale trans­ac­tion to cre­ate the Vir­gin Me­dia group in the UK. Gow also ad­vised on Vir­gin Mo­bile’s Latin Amer­i­can roll­out and led the com­pany’s ex­pan­sion in Cen­tral and Eastern Europe.

Dr Sameer Al An­sari

The In­dus­trial Group has named man­age­ment vet­eran Dr Sameer Al An­sari as vice chair­man and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer. Dr Al An­sari will join the ex­ec­u­tive team of CEO Sheikh Hus­sein A. Al Banawi, and be re­spon­si­ble for change man­age­ment and trans­for­ma­tion ini­tia­tives to drive strat­egy ex­e­cu­tion. His main fo­cus will be on op­er­a­tional ex­cel­lence, or­gan­i­sa­tional ef­fec­tive­ness, and en­hanc­ing the group’s busi­ness model. The In­dus­trial Group is a man­u­fac­ture in the fields of pack­ag­ing, spe­cialty chem­i­cals and food flavours. Based in Dubai, it cov­ers the Mid­dle East, Africa and the In­dian Sub-con­ti­nent.

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