Saad Al Barrak resigns from Zain

CEO that led Zain's international expansion quits after eight years at the helm

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Saad Al Barrak resigns from Zain Saad Al Barrak (left), was instrumental in Zain's rapid expansion in recent years. (Getty Images.)
By  Roger Field Published  February 3, 2010

Saad Al Barrak, the outspoken CEO of Zain Group, has resigned, according to a statement the company posted on the Kuwaiti bourse.

The development, which was first reported on Al Arabiya television earlier this morning, follows a tumultuous year for the company, which has been trying to shed the majority of its African operations since July 2009.

Doubt was also cast over the direction of the company last October, when Kharafi Group, a Kuwaiti business conglomerate and a major shareholder in Zain Group, said it was willing to sell a majority stake in the telco.

The company has also seen its attempts to acquire Palestine’s Paltel Group thwarted. Zain confirmed in November that a deal to take control of Paltel, which had been in the pipeline since early 2009, had been abandoned, citing a lack of government approvals for the collapse of the deal.

Al Barrak, who became CEO of the company in 2002, led the company’s expansion that saw it become a pan-regional player with operations in 23 countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

3070 days ago
Aslam Shandana

Dr.Saad is a great visionery, and ZAIN has gone through rapid changes and exapansion during his leadership. If Zain stands today as one of the biggest telco company in the region, the all credit goes to Dr.Saad Al-Barrak.. I wish him a all best and prosperous in his new tenure.

3083 days ago

Thank you very much for everything Dr.Saad. Now it is the time for a new leadership to take over Zain and move it to the next step. I do believe the Zain KSA managment will need a change to move on the right track. Wishing Dr.Saad all the best in his new path.

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