Oman's Al Ahlia Insurance appoints new IT director

Arif Dawood Qasim Al Zadjali as its new IT director.


Muscat: Al Ahlia Insurance Company, one of the leading insurance providers in the Sultanate of Oman announced the appointment of Arif Dawood Qasim Al Zadjali as its new IT director.

Arif holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Sultan Qaboos University and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Strathclyde College, United Kingdom. The appointment also highlights the company’s steadfast commitment to support Oman’s vision of encouraging homegrown talent in organisations. Arif’s remit is to oversee and steer the company’s IT development, infrastructure, security, maintenance and governance needs.

With almost two and half decades of experience in the fields of information technology, e-governance, e-transformation, change management, business strategy and project management, he has worked in multiple sectors including banking, telecommunications and logistics. Arif brings to Al Ahlia strong leadership skills and superior technical know-how that will play a key role in keeping Al Ahlia ‘One Step Ahead’.

“We are extremely happy to have Arif on-board with us. We continuously strive to leverage our IT assets, towards robust control, security and governance; in addition to bringing quality service to our esteemed clients. Arif has a strong background in this field and is currently a Board member of Oman IT Society. He is a great addition to our leadership team and I wish him the very best in this new and challenging role,” said Praveen Kumar, CEO of Al Ahlia Insurance Company.

Commenting on his appointment, Arif noted “I am very excited about this opportunity at Al Ahlia Insurance and I am sure I can add value to the organisation with my vast experience. IT security is a very critical function in the insurance sector given privacy concerns, client security and governance requirements. I look forward to playing my part in shaping the future of Al Ahlia, the insurance industry and the Sultanate at large.”

In addition to his rich experience, Arif has also been nominated for many national projects and has been a key consultant to the government and other industry bodies in Oman.

Established in 1985, Al Ahlia Insurance Co. is one of the oldest non-life insurance companies in Oman. RSA Insurance Group, the largest shareholder of Al Ahlia has over 300-years of heritage and is one of the world’s leading multinational insurance groups. Al Ahlia offers a wide range of products and services in the retail sector including motor, travel, personal accident and home products. With 19 branches, a dedicated call centre and a convenient online platform, the company provides its customers with unmatched sales and service support. It also offers a wide range of commercial insurance products including property, casualty, motor, construction, marine and speciality lines. Al Ahlia and RSA have received consistent recognition and awards such as ‘Oman Insurer of the Year’ for many years at regional and local award platforms.
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