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The top hires from across the Gulf

Fawad Tariq Khan

Dubai-based fi­nan­cial ser­vices provider SHUAA Cap­i­tal has named Fawad Tariq Khan as its new gen­eral man­ager. Khan joins from Abu Dhabi Fi­nan­cial Group, hav­ing started his ca­reer with Deloitte in Lon­don, and ac­crued more than a decade of ex­pe­ri­ence in pri­vate eq­uity and debt ad­vi­sory and in­vest­ment roles across the Mid­dle East and Europe. He re­places for­mer GM Houssem Ben Haj Amor, who stepped down due to per­sonal rea­sons af­ter 10 years at the com­pany.

Roger Daix

Roger Daix has been ap­pointed vice pres­i­dent of the Mid­dle East for Thales. Daix was pre­vi­ously VP of Thales Eura­sia, hav­ing worked across the aero­space, de­fence, se­cu­rity, space and trans­porta­tion group’s global port­fo­lio prior to that. The com­pany aims to strengthen its re­gional in­dus­trial foot­print and plans to hire be­tween 150 and 250 new em­ploy­ees lo­cally. Thales also named Bernard Roux as UAE coun­try direc­tor; Alain Cor­reia as coun­try direc­tor for Bahrain, Kuwait and Pak­istan; Eric De­lan­noy for Oman, and Fred­eric Sal­let for Qatar.

Mazen Kaba

Al Sha­far In­te­ri­ors has ap­pointed Mazen Kaba as man­ag­ing direc­tor. Kaba has two decades of se­nior lead­er­ship ex­pe­ri­ence, and joins the sub­sidiary of Al Sha­far Gen­eral Con­tract­ing to fo­cus on in­creased diver­si­fi­ca­tion and fu­ture growth. He has pre­vi­ously su­per­vised the de­liv­ery of numer­ous multi-mil­lion dol­lar projects in the UAE, Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, Syria and An­gola, and will now be in­volved with key ASI projects in the re­gion in­clud­ing Green Com­mu­nity phases 2 and 3, Blue­wa­ters Is­land Res­i­den­tial, and La Mer Open Beach Retail.

Renu Misra

Af­ter seven years at global fit­tings com­pany GROHE, Renu Misra has been named as the new pres­i­dent for the Mid­dle East, Africa and East Mediter­ranean. Hav­ing been noted for de­liv­er­ing ro­bust re­sults and sig­nif­i­cant growth, the for­mer CFO and later CEO of GROHE In­dia will rep­re­sent the group’s in­ter­ests in the re­gion, re­port­ing di­rectly to the CEO of Grohe AG, Michael Rauterkeus. Head­quar­tered in Ger­many, GROHE pro­vides san­i­tary fit­tings and water prod­ucts, and has been recog­nised as one of Ger­many’s most sus­tain­able ma­jor com­pa­nies.

Yazen Abu Gu­lal

UAE-based in­vest­ment firm KBBO Group has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Yazen Abu Gu­lal as CEO. Abu Gu­lal was pre­vi­ously vice pres­i­dent at Swiss pri­vate bank Lom­bard Odier in Geneva, Switzer­land, and has been tasked with us­ing his Euro­pean as well as Gulf and wider Mid­dle Eastern ex­pe­ri­ence to take KBBO to the next level. The com­pany has a di­ver­si­fied port­fo­lio across a va­ri­ety of sec­tors, and its growth strat­egy will fo­cus on health­care, ed­u­ca­tion and ven­ture cap­i­tal. Su­nil Singh was also an­nounced as the group’s new CFO.

Ziad El Chaar

Saudi real es­tate de­vel­oper Dar Al Arkan has ap­pointed Ziad El Chaar as its new chief ex­ec­u­tive. El Chaar joins the Riyadh-based com­pany hav­ing re­signed from his pre­vi­ous role at Damac Prop­er­ties in May, where he spent a to­tal of 12 years, in­clud­ing six as man­ag­ing direc­tor. His pre­de­ces­sor as CEO at Dar Al Arkan – Dr Ab­dul­rehman Ha­mad Al Harka as CEO – also stepped down in May. The de­vel­oper is Saudi Ara­bia’s largest listed real es­tate firm, with a mar­ket cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion of SAR10.8bn ($2.88bn).

Samer Al­haj

Samer Al­haj has been named as the CEO of UAE con­glom­er­ate, Al Ghu­rair. The for­mer CFO of Dubai Hold­ing has been tasked with driv­ing new lev­els of prof­itabil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity in line with the com­pany’s val­ues. As well as Dubai Hold­ing, Al­haj has held se­nior roles at Abu Dhabi Ba­sic In­dus­tries Cor­po­ra­tion, Waha Cap­i­tal, Gulf In­vest­ment House, and KIPCO. He has also worked in Lon­don, Chicago and New York at com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Wil­liam Blair, Mer­rill Lynch and Lehman Broth­ers.

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