Ali Al-Zahid appointed CEO of Zain Iraq

Al-Zahid is an Austrian national with Iraqi roots and recently held the position of CCO of Zain Iraq.

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Ali Al-Zahid appointed CEO of Zain Iraq Al Charchafchi: "We have the utmost confidence that Ali Al-Zahid has the right skill-sets and leadership qualities to take the operation to next phase of growth."
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  February 5, 2017

Zain Iraq, an Iraq-based mobile operator, has announced the promotion and appointment of Ali Al-Zahid as CEO of the company.

With over 17 years of experience working with international telecom operators, Al-Zahid previously held the position of chief commercial officer of Zain Iraq. The Austrian national with Iraqi roots also brings to the table his experience in management consultancy, working with two European-based firms for five years.

Commenting on the appointment, the Chairman of Zain Iraq, Mohammed Al Charchafchi said, "It is a pleasure to promote a young talented leader with Iraqi heritage to the role of CEO at an important stage of Zain Iraq's evolution.

"Over the last three years he has played a vital role within the senior management ranks and proven to be a very capable professional, exceeding expectations on multiple fronts. We have the utmost confidence that Ali Al-Zahid has the right skill-sets and leadership qualities to take the operation to next phase of growth."

Zain Group CEO, Scott Gegenheimer commented, "Ali Al-Zahid has an outstanding track record in one of Zain's most complex and challenging emerging markets. He has a strong background in mobile technology, strategy and management, and in exploiting commercial data-related opportunities. Thus I share the Chairman's confidence that he is a good fit to take Zain Iraq to the next stage of the company's development to enhance customer experience and solidifying Zain Iraq's market leadership."

Ali Al-Zahid graduated with an MSc in Management & Communication from Danube University Krems in 204. He currently holds a position with the TRIUM Global Executive MBA with the London School of Economics, HEC Paris and NYU Stern.

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