Old hand calls back into Etisalat

Jamal Al Jarwan has returned to his previous role as CEO of UAE telecoms operator Etisalat after the controversial departure of the company’s inaugural chief executive, Obaid bin Mes’har in November last year.

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By  James Bennett Published  February 16, 2006

Jamal Al Jarwan has returned to his previous role as CEO of UAE telecoms operator Etisalat after the controversial departure of the company’s inaugural chief executive, Obaid bin Mes’har in November last year. Disagreements between Etisalat and the Pakistani government over the acquisition of a 26% stake in Pakistan Telecom (PakTel) last summer resulted in bin Mes’har’s contentious removal. Etisalat is said to have offered US$2.6 billion for a stake in PakTel, a figure analysts suggested as overpriced. The price was also at a significant premium to the final bids submitted by the other two remaining bidders, China Mobile and Singapore Telecommunications. Etisalat chairman Mohammad Omran announced Al Jarwan’s re-appointment with immediate effect: “Al Jarwan used to be chief commercial officer of Thuraya. We have taken him back and he is now the head of international operations at Etisalat,” he said. Etisalat International was established early last year to spearhead the UAE operator’s foreign investment strategy and is currently on the acquisition trail including negotiating positions in Sudan, West Africa, Saudi Arabia and Tanzania and Pakistan.

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