OABC elects new board of di­rec­tors

Muscat Daily - - BUSINESS -

Mus­cat – The Oman Amer­i­can Busi­ness Cen­ter (OABC) or­gan­ised its bi­en­nial gen­eral meet­ing at Sun­dus Rotana on Mon­day to re­view its progress over the past two years and to pro­vide at­ten­dees with a unique net­work­ing op­por­tu­nity.

Wel­com­ing OABC com­pany mem­bers, VIPs from the Oman busi­ness com­mu­nity, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the US Em­bassy, the event con­cluded with OABC’s bi­en­nial board of di­rec­tors’ elec­tion. A host of new and re­turn­ing board mem­bers were elected, in­clud­ing some of the sul­tanate’s most ac­com­plished pri­vate sec­tor ex­ec­u­tives and en­trepreneur­s.

Dur­ing the OABC’s elec­tion, seven mem­bers of the cen­tre were elected to serve on the board. Four mem­bers main­tained per­ma­nent seats in­clud­ing Ali Daud, pres­i­dent and CEO of Daud Sons In­ter­na­tional as well as chair­man of the OABC; Em­mee Haun, co-founder of OABC; Fouad Eid, vice pres­i­dent of OABC and re­gional vice pres­i­dent, Apergy; and An­drew Bar­wig, com­mer­cial of­fi­cer at the US Em­bassy in Mus­cat.

The seven mem­bers elected to the board of di­rec­tors in­cluded: Bill Crew, founder and CEO of In­spired So­lu­tions; Giresh Chawla, CEO of Ta­woos Power and Tele­com LLC; Marla Valdez, part­ner at Clyde & Co; Paul Mur­phy, gen­eral man­ager of Grand Hy­att Mus­cat; Shayan Su­mar, co-founder and mar­ket­ing man­ager of Apex Trans­gulf Man­u­fac­tur­ing; Talal al Subhi, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Rohn In­ter­na­tional Prod­ucts Ara­bia; and Vairali Me­hta, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of Mus­cat Phar­macy.

“Since our last gen­eral meet­ing, the OABC has joined the US Cham­ber of Com­merce as its of­fi­cial af­fil­i­ate in Oman, and has also built up its re­gional re­la­tion­ships with other AmChams (af­fil­i­ates) and part­ners,” Daud said. “For the past 15 years, the or­gan­i­sa­tion has been a plat­form that unites mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity across mul­ti­ple sec­tors with op­por­tu­ni­ties to boost ties with their Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts. To­gether, we have wit­nessed and helped nur­ture the bur­geon­ing com­mer­cial ties that bind Oman and the US, ful­fill­ing our role as a gate­way to bet­ter un­der­stand­ing, op­por­tu­ni­ties, and part­ner­ships.”

Re­becca Ol­son, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the OABC, said, “The com­bi­na­tion of new ex­ec­u­tives con­stantly join­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion, to­gether with the com­mit­ment of our long-time mem­bers, adds a new level of vi­brancy to our net­work­ing and knowl­edge­shar­ing events, as well as new op­por­tu­ni­ties for all.”

The OABC also an­nounced its new mo­bile app at the event. The app will host exclusive of­fers on B2B ser­vices only avail­able to mem­bers of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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