UAE's Al Ghurair welcomes new Group CEO

Samer Alhaj as its new Group Chief Executive Officer.

Samer Alhaj - Al Ghurair Group CEO

Samer Alhaj - Al Ghurair Group CEO

14 June 2017
Samer Alhaj brings wealth of executive leadership experience in multiple industries

DUBAI (United Arab Emirates): Al Ghurair, the UAE-based diversified industrial conglomerate with key businesses in Foods, Resources, Properties, Construction, Energy and Ventures, has announced Samer Alhaj as its new Group Chief Executive Officer.

Al Ghurair’s diverse business operations stands to benefit from Mr. Alhaj’s 35 years of multi-industry experience gained in the US, Asia and the GCC region, where he has developed strategic expertise in the fields of retail estate development, retail, hospitality and F&B, among many others.

In his new role, Mr. Alhaj will oversee Al Ghurair’s businesses and take charge in steering these operations to new levels of profitability and sustainability while adhering to the company’s core values of integrity, accountability, customer centricity and community.

With a deep knowledge of Wall Street Investment Banking and international business, asset management, reorganization, restructuring, corporate finance and private equity, Mr. Alhaj has throughout his career demonstrated keen business acumen coupled with excellent executive, operational and financial management results.

“I am delighted to open a new chapter in my career as the Group CEO of Al Ghurair. Having been in the UAE for the past decade, I have long admired the business direction, values and goals of Al Ghurair as one of the most prominent family-owned companies in the country, as well as its major contributions to the local and regional economies. It is an absolutely exciting opportunity to be working with them and I am looking forward to bringing my expertise on board while learning from the group’s vast expertise in various industries fundamental to the constant development of the UAE,” Mr. Alhaj commented.

“In line with Al Ghurair’s mission to constantly enhance our offerings and strengthen our businesses, we hereby welcome Mr. Alhaj who will make a tremendous addition to our leadership team. We are very confident that he will drive innovation in Al Ghurair in times of change, and help us achieve our vision, not only for the company but more especially for the communities that we serve,” Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of the Executive Committee added.

Mr. Alhaj joins the company from his previous role at Dubai Holding as Chief Financial Officer, a position he held for five years. Other senior roles held by Mr. Alhaj include Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation (currently Senaat), and Chief Executive Officer of Waha Capital, both in Abu Dhabi, as well as Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Gulf Investment House, and Deputy General Manager at KIPCO Asset Management, both in Kuwait.

Between 1988 and 2001, Mr. Alhaj served in various Wall Street Investment Banking roles (Corporate Finance, M&A, and Private Equity) with William Blair in London and Chicago, Merrill Lynch, and Lehman Brothers / Salomon Smith Barney (later Citigroup) both in New York City.

Mr. Alhaj is an INSEAD Certified International Board Director (IDP-C), and holds an MBA in Banking and Corporate Finance, an MS in Construction/Project and Engineering Management and a BSc in Civil Engineering from the USA and UK.


About Al Ghurair
Established in 1960, Al Ghurair is one of the largest diversified industrial conglomerates in the Middle East, with six key business units: Foods, Resources, Properties, Construction, Energy and Ventures covering Printing & Publishing, International Exchange, Retail and Education.

The enterprise sees itself as a legacy of innovative operations built on excellence, trust and responsibility. Al Ghurair, put quite simply, is mainly in the business of feeding and housing people – meeting vital human needs. Its reach may have a global impact, but its roots are steeped in time-honoured family values that date back half a century. In many ways, the Al Ghurair story and the history of the United Arab Emirates have been one narrative.

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