du appoints two new technical SVPs

New senior VPs for IT and operations appointed

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By  Mark Sutton Published  October 9, 2008

Du has expanded its technology management team, with the appointment of two new technical senior VPs.

The new appointees are Ahmed Hassan Al Hosni, as senior vice president (SVP) IT and Saleem Mohamed Al Balooshi as SVP Operations.

Al Hosni was previously CIO at Mobily in Saudi Arabia, while Al Balooshi joins from a chief technology officer role with a Dubai World Central joint venture.

As Emiratis, the two new appointments increases the number of UAE nationals in senior roles with the telco. Currently 22% of du’s employees are nationals, while 30% of senior managers are nationals.

Fahad Al Hassawi executive vice president HR, du, said: “On behalf of the du team, I welcome Ahmed and Saleem into our organisation and wish them success in their new roles. We look forward to their contribution to du's growth as they bring a wealth of industry experience. Furthermore, their appointments reiterate du's commitment to our Emiratization strategy and programme, which is on track as we work toward achieving higher Emiratization percentages.”

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