|19 March, 2019

StanChart appoints first Bahraini CEO

Abdulla Bukhowa will take on the new position of chief executive for Bahrain

MANAMA: Standard Chartered has appointed Abdulla Bukhowa as new chief executive for Bahrain.

Mr Bukhowa’s appointment, effective from April 1, is a milestone for the bank as he is the first Bahraini national to assume the role in Bahrain, since the bank’s inception in 1920.

He will take on the new position after having successfully led Standard Chartered Qatar as chief executive.


Prior to this, Mr Bukhowa held leadership roles including head of corporate and institutional banking and head of financial markets in Standard Chartered Bahrain and head of portfolio management at the Central Bank of Bahrain. His international and regional experience spans over 22 years.

Standard Chartered Bank Middle East (excluding the UAE) chief executive , Dr Boutros Klink said, “Abdulla’s leadership and experience will further strengthen and deepen our client relationships in Bahrain and he will play a key role in achieving our aspirations in one of the most strategic markets for Standard Chartered. I am also delighted that Abdulla is the first Bahraini to assume this important role since the bank’s establishment in 1920. This is testament to Bahrain’s highly qualified talent and their contributions within international institutions.”

Dr Klink said Standard Chartered has 100 years of rich history in Bahrain and remains well-positioned to provide clients with superior financial services, products and solutions.

Mr Bukhowa said, “I am proud to be leading this strong franchise in Bahrain, especially as we embark on our centennial celebrations. Bahrain remains one of our important markets and we take great pride that this is where our journey began in the Middle East.”

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