OABC elects new board of directors
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.