Bahraini Sameer Nooruddin appointed Batelco’s Chief Operating Officer

Batelco’s Chairman, HE Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa said: “Mr. Nooruddin’s appointment is significant because it reinforces the fact that Batelco is, very largely, a Bahraini company.

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By  David Cass Published  November 4, 2002

Seasoned Batelco manager Sameer Nooruddin has been appointed Chief Operating Officer in charge of customer services.

Born and raised in Bahrain, his career stretches back 33 years, making him one of the most experienced telecomms professionals in the Kingdom.

Batelco’s Chairman, H.E. Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa said: “Mr. Nooruddin’s appointment is significant because it reinforces the fact that Batelco is, very largely, a Bahraini company. The majority of the top management team is Bahraini and the 2,000-strong workforce is an overwhelming 95% Bahraini.”

Batelco Chief Executive Tony Hart said: “I am delighted that Sameer is the company’s new COO. His wealth of knowledge and experience, inside and outside of Bahrain, will be invaluable to the company at a very crucial stage of its development. I am sure that the entire workforce will be very keen to support Sameer to the full in his new role.”

The new COO was previously General Manager of Business development and, as such, was largely responsible for forming Batelco’s joint-venture companies in Egypt and Jordan.

He began his career in 1969 as a Batelco trainee and gained a degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Greenwich University in London. His early career was spent as a technician but he rose to managerial level to become GM of a business unit, which gave him responsibility for the company’s rapidly-growing mobile phone business.

The post of COO has a wide remit that includes the provision of products and services for residential and business customers, plus sales and marketing, customer service and new business development.

Mr Nooruddin said of his appointment: “I take on this job at an extremely challenging time – as the company faces the reality of competition entering the Bahrain market for the first time.

“I think competition in our telecomms market will be good for Bahrain and good for Batelco – providing regulation of the market and our industry in the Kingdom is fair.”

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