Amcham Bahrain announces new board

Presided over by Qays H. Zu’bi

  
The American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain newly elected Board of Directors 2019-2021 term: Vivian Jamal, Founder True North (appointed); Ross Armbruster, Country Manager Bahrain KSA, Halliburton; Roger Blackall, Executive Director, Orbitas; Jeff Singer, Group CEO, YBA Kanoo; Qays Zursquo;bi, Senior Partner, Zursquo;bi Partners (President); Carla Geday, Executive Vice President, Palms Holding; Jim Eastlack, CEO, Tatweer Petroleum (Vice President); Daniel Taylor, CFO, First Bahrain (Treasurer); Zahraa Taher, Managing Director, FinMark Communications (Board Secretary); Usman Ahmed, CEO Citi Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar; HE Houda Nonoo, Former Ambassador for Bahrain to USA; Mary McGinnis, Executive Director AmCham.nbsp; Also elected but missing from photo:nbsp; Mazin Khoury, CEO, American Express; David Caston, President, Blue Compass.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain newly elected Board of Directors 2019-2021 term: Vivian Jamal, Founder True North (appointed); Ross Armbruster, Country Manager Bahrain & KSA, Halliburton; Roger Blackall, Executive Director, Orbitas; Jeff Singer, Group CEO, YBA Kanoo; Qays Zu’bi, Senior Partner, Zu’bi Partners (President); Carla Geday, Executive Vice President, Palms Holding; Jim Eastlack, CEO, Tatweer Petroleum (Vice President); Daniel Taylor, CFO, First Bahrain (Treasurer); Zahraa Taher, Managing Director, FinMark Communications (Board Secretary); Usman Ahmed, CEO Citi Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar; HE Houda Nonoo, Former Ambassador for Bahrain to USA; Mary McGinnis, Executive Director AmCham.  Also elected but missing from photo:  Mazin Khoury, CEO, American Express; David Caston, President, Blue Compass.

Manama, Bahrain : The American Chamber of Commerce - Bahrain (AmCham Bahrain) announced today the successful election of its new Board of Directors at its Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was held at the Wyndham Grand Bahrain Bay on 15 October 2019.

Presided over by Mr. Qays H. Zu’bi, President of AmCham Bahrain, in the presence of its outgoing Board of Directors, esteemed members, U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell, and guests, the AGM focused on highlights and successes from the past year and look at the strategy for continuing to enhance AmCham’s presence and value proposition for members.

The new Board 15 member Board will serve for the 2019-2021 period and is comprised of a diverse group of business leaders representing Bahraini and American business as follows:

  • President                   Qays H. Zu'bi            Senior Partner, Zu'bi Partners            
  • Vice President Jim Eastlack               CEO, Tatweer Petroleum
  • Treasurer Daniel Taylor             CFO, First Bahrain Real Estate Dev.            
  • Board Secretary Zahraa Taher              Managing Director, FinMark Communications
  • Director of Individual Members                 Carla Geday, Executive VP, Palms Holding 
  • Director E. Houda Nonoo   Former Ambassador for Bahrain to USA
  • Director David Caston            President, Blue Compass
  • Jeff Singer Group CEO               YBA Kanoo
  • Director Mazin Khoury           CEO, American Express
  • Director Roger Blackall           Executive Director, Orbitas
  • Director Ross Armbruster        Country Manager Bahrain & KSA, Halliburton
  • Director Usman Ahmed          CEO, Citi Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar
  • Appointed Director Vivian Jamal              Founder, True North
  • Honorary Director Gary Schumann         Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy
  • Honorary Director Simon Galpin      Managing Director, EDB

 Mr. Zu’bi opened the meeting, stating,  “Tonight  we would like to acknowledge and recognize the positive transition, accomplishments and growth enjoyed by AmCham over the past two years, as well as, the election of a new Board of Directors to build on the strong momentum that we have built. AmCham’s success has been a team effort lead by its Board and fully supported by its members.”

Commenting on the new appointments,  Mr. Zu’bi, who was re-elected as President, stated "I am delighted and honored to be given the opportunity to serve as President for another term.  With the full support of our members, I am confident that the pool of skills, expertise and resources within this board will be instrumental in strengthening AmCham and further developing it. We will continue to extend AmCham's contribution to promoting U.S.-Bahrain's trade growth, while also promoting the legitimate economic interests of AmCham members."

In his remarks at the event, US Ambassador Justin Siberell said: “The Bahrain-U.S. bilateral economic relationship, which began more than 120 years ago, has never been stronger…  I hope you will join me by taking advantage of the many commercial events during “Discover America Week”, which again takes place October 24 to November 1 2019 and is an important opportunity to highlight the amazing work you all are doing to promote trade and investment between the United States and Bahrain.”

Mr. Zu’bi went on to highlight AmCham’s vision for the coming term by explaining “It is AmCham’s vision, in cooperation with local associations, government and quasi-government bodies, to support economic growth through increased opportunities for networking, knowledge sharing, and advocacy.”

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ABOUT AMCHAM BAHRAIN

The American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain (AmCham Bahrain), an independent, non-profit business association, was formed in 2006 to capitalize on the newly implemented Free Trade Agreement between the US and Bahrain with the purpose to help companies take advantage of the new markets and benefits that came from this significant agreement.  AmCham’s members range from Fortune 500 corporations to small and medium sized companies to not-for-profit organizations to individual business leaders and entrepreneurs representing all sectors.

AmCham Bahrain is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce and part of the global network of American Chambers of Commerce which includes AmCham MENA, MECACC (Middle East Council of American Chambers of Commerce), and the US-Bahrain Business Council.  The US Chamber of Commerce, based in Washington DC, is a powerhouse and is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state, local and industry associations.  AmCham MENA, the regional network of AmChams, works to foster increased collaboration amongst the members and works on promoting greater business opportunities between the US and the Gulf region. 

Through these affiliations, AmCham helps its members grow their businesses by providing a wide range of networking and information sharing opportunities, government advocacy, valuable business intelligence, and customized business support services.

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