Zain Group hires new CEO for Saudi Arabian unit

Kuwait-based operator replaces CEO of debt-laden KSA operation

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Zain Group hires new CEO for Saudi Arabian unit Hassan Kabbani takes control of Zain KSA in the midst of a debt crisis. (Getty Images)
By  Roger Field Published  September 2, 2013

Zain Group has appointed Hassan Kabbani as CEO of Zain KSA. Kabbani replaces Fraser Curley, who was CEO for 18 months.

Kabbani has 23 years of executive telecoms experience in the Middle East and Africa. He has held the post of CEO at five successful telcos, playing a key role in business transformation, and helping them to achieve growth.

Kabbani headed mobile operations in a major regional telecom group in Egypt, Algeria, Sub-Saharan Africa, Yemen, and Syria, and prior to these CEO positions he held key commercial and customer-focused roles at a leading mobile operator in Lebanon.

Prior to joining Zain, Kabbani was advisor to the chairman and board member of another major regional telecom group, as well as a board member of a South African mobile operator.

Scott Gegenheimer, CEO of Zain Group, said: “We appreciate Fraser Curley’s hard work in the successful turnaround of Zain KSA, fulfilling the mission that was set when he joined. With Hassan Kabbani now at the helm and the compelling support of Zain Group’s resources in all facets of the business, I am confident that Zain KSA will enter a new and prosperous era, playing a key role in the growth of the telecommunications sector and the economic and social development of the kingdom.”

Kabbani said: “The telecom industry is at a turning point and my objectives are to capitalise on Fraser Curley’s outstanding work, to develop into new areas of growth, to further enhance the customer experience and service offerings to the Saudi market and to strengthen relationships with all other stakeholders.”

380 days ago
Vinod Mehra

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