Etisalat selects high flyers to study at Duke

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Etisalat selects high flyers to study at Duke Etisalat Group has selected high potential employees to send to US-based executive learning and development company, Duke University.
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  September 23, 2012

Etisalat Group has selected high-potential employees to send to US-based executive learning and development company, Duke University. The aim of this initiative is to groom promising employees for future senior management roles

Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, CEO at the Etisalat Group said to the candidates: “I wish to thank you all for your commitment to Etisalat and recognise the success of your participation in this program to date.  The contributions you have already made have been extremely valuable, especially in your role working as consultants across our operations. We look forward to the results of your forthcoming work with our digital services unit, and I thank you in advance for this. Ultimately we believe that talent is a solution to many of the challenges that we face, and your mission is not only to find the optimum answer for these issues – but do so in a way that will leverage the synergies and create business impact. I would also like to thank our partners Duke Corporate Education and I wish all involved the best of luck as we move into the next phase of your learning experience.”

The Etisalat training program is only for just under 100 high potential staff from across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The program will focus on enabling employees to adopt new concepts and teach them how to tackle various business challenges.

The Etisalat Group’s Chief Human Resources officer, Adbulaziz Al Sawaleh said: “The Etisalat High Potential Program is a fundamental part of our talent development strategy. This is the reason Etisalat is investing heavily in those who have shown the potential and determination to advance. As a growing multinational, we are determined to bring values and support to the people in the countries in which we operate, and it is a key part of our strategy to have representatives from all of our companies across the region. We have also enlisted the support of the world’s most renowned corporate education providers, especially Duke Corporate Education, which clearly shows the priority we place with regards to developing our future leaders.”

Michael Andrew, acting VP – Talent Management at Etisalat Group, said: “The candidates within our High Potential Program have all been carefully and scientifically selected using the latest systems and tools. They have been recruited from each of our operators and across various functions. This is a long-term investment in our staff, and therefore we expect this will result in more engagement with our employees and heightened performance in both results and leadership.”

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