2018-11-11 @ 09:26:00

100 Executives In The Middle East 2018

Global economy, today, is rattled by trade wars, prompted by sanctions and increased protectionism. As technology gains pace, it is disrupting every realm of business while leaving the yesterday’s innovators scrambling to catch up. But catching up they are. Multinational companies still form the backbone of our economies and produce products that transform our daily lives. We all fly in aircraft manufactured by Boeing or Airbus jets; use Windows, Google, Facebook and Instagram daily, bank with HSBC and use electricity produced by Siemens’ gas turbines. These companies are either driving innovation in their fields or even better investing in those with innovative solutions.

Our sixth edition of Global Meets Local: Top 100 Executives In The Middle East 2018 features such changemakers and innovators who are at the helm of companies that make a difference in the Middle East. These 100 CEOs have driven the revenues of their companies, while leading the development of prestigious projects or sparking innovative ideas for revolutionizing production or sales. They have also shown initiative to lead social initiatives and give back to the community and work hand-in-hand with governments for social and economic development. They provide expertise, capital and manpower to transform cities across the region.

This year’s list has regional heads from 29 nationalities with French citizens making up the major chunk with 13 entries. Keeping in line with global growth, the technology industry has the highest number of CEOs within the list.

 

  • 1 # Dietmar Siersdorfer
  • 2 # Georges ElHedery
  • 3 # Sjoerd Leenart
  • 4 # Bernard Dunn
  • 5 # Samer Abu-Ltaif
  • 6 # Magesvaran Suranja
  • 7 # Takreem El-Tohamy
  • 8 # Mikail Houari
  • 9 # Raghu Malhotra
  • 10 # Luciano Poli
ImageRankNameDesignationCompanyCountryNationalitySector

1

Dietmar Siersdorfer

Chief Executive Officer

Siemens Middle East

Germany

German

Diversified

2

Georges ElHedery

CEO - Middle East North Africa and Turkey

HSBC Holdings

United Kingdom

French

Banking

3

Sjoerd Leenart

Global Head of Corporate Banking Regional Head, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa

J.P. Morgan Chase

United States

Dutch

Banking

4

Bernard Dunn

President, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey

Boeing

United States

American

Aviation

5

Samer Abu-Ltaif

President, Middle East & Africa

Microsoft

United States

Lebanese

Technology

6

Magesvaran Suranja

President, Asia Pacific, Indian Subcontinent, Middle East & Africa

Procter & Gamble

United States

Sri Lankan American

Consumer Goods

7

Takreem El-Tohamy

General Manager Middle East & Africa

IBM

United States

Egyptian

Technology

8

Mikail Houari

President, Middle East

Airbus

Netherlands

French

Aviation

9

Raghu Malhotra

President, Middle East and Africa

Mastercard

United States

Indian

Technology

10

Luciano Poli

President, Dow India, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey

Dow Chemical

United States

Swiss

Petrochemical

11

Yves Manghardt

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Nestle Middle East

Switzerland

Swiss

Consumer Goods

12

Murat Ozgel

General Manager Middle East Region

Coca-Cola

United States

Turkish

Consumer Goods

13

Kalyana Sivagnanam

President, Regional Vice President for Africa, Middle East and India

Nissan

South Korea

Indian

Automobiles

14

Arshad Ghafur

President, Middle East & North Africa

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

United States

British

Banking

15

Ghassan Mirdad

President, Eastern Middle East

Schlumberger

United States

Saudi Arabia

Petrochemical

16

Georg Schroeckenfuchs

President and Head, Middle East and North Africa

Novartis

Switzerland

British

Pharmaceutical

17

Cedric Charpentier

CEO

Axa Gulf

France

French

Insurance

18

Gergi Abboud

Senior Vice President

SAP Middle East

Germany

Lebanese

Technology

19

Nabil Habayeb

President & CEO, MENA

General Electric

United States

Lebanese

Diversified

20

Taha Khalifa

CCG Sales Director, EMEA Territory

Intel

United States

Egyptian

Technology

21

Yu Tao

President & CEO Middle East

China State Construction Engineering Middle East

China

Chinese

Construction

22

Norm Gilsdorf

President of Russia, Middle East and Central Asia

Honeywell International

United States

American

Technology

23

David Meads

Vice President, Cisco Middle East and Africa

Cisco Systems

United States

British

Technology

24

Abdulrahman Al Thehaiban

Senior Vice President- Middle East and Africa

Oracle

United States

Saudi Arabia

Technology

25

Mark De Haes

CEO, Middle East

Daimler

Germany

German

Automobiles

26

Lino Cattaruzzi

Managing Director, Google MENA

Alphabet

United States

Argentinean

Technology

27

Sanjiv Kakkar

Executive Vice President, Middle East and Turkey

Unilever

Netherlands

Indian

Consumer Goods

28

Ashraf El Afifi

President of Henkel in India, Middle East and Africa

Henkel

Germany

Egyptian

Consumer Goods

29

Nour Suliman

CEO MENA

DHL

Germany

Bahraini

Logistics

30

Mazin Khoury

Chief Executive Officer, MENA

American Express

United States

Bahraini

Technology

31

Alex Kyriakidis

President, Middle East & Africa

Marriott International

United States

Greek

Hospitality

32

Zhang Junguo

General Manager of ICBC Dubai

ICBC

China

Chinese

Banking

33

Jean-Francois Condamine

President High Growth and Emerging Markets

United Parcel Service

United States

French

Logistics

34

Julio Garcia Villalon

Head Middle East Africa Region - MetLife

MetLife

United States

Spanish

Insurance

35

Jacques Michel

CEO, Corporate & Institutional Banking Middle East & Africa

BNP Paribas

France

French

Banking

36

Jean-Paul Scheuer

Country Chair and General Manager for Sanofi Gulf Countries

Sanofi

France

French

Pharmaceutical

37

Hamid Haqparwar

Managing Director

BMW Middle East

Germany

German

Automobiles

38

John Fergn

MD and Head of Business, Middle East

BASF

Germany

British

Petrochemical

39

Roy M Haddad

Director, MENA

WPP

United Kingdom

Lebanese

Media and Advertising

40

Harald Wolf

General Manager, Middle East

Roche Holding

Switzerland

German

Pharmaceutical

41

Mathew Thomas

VP and Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey and East Africa

HP

United States

Indian

Technology

42

John Roth

President and Managing Director Middle East and Africa

General Motors

United States

American

Automobiles

43

Ari Kesisoglu

Managing Director, Middle East, North Africa & Pakistan

Facebook

United States

Turkish

Technology

44

Taro Kimura

Regional Head, Sony Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa

Sony Middle East and Africa

Japan

Japanese

Electronics

45

Remi Chadapaux

Managing Director Middle East

L'oreal

France

French

Consumer Goods

46

Mohammed Amin

Senior Vice President, Middle East, Turkey and Africa

Dell - EMC

United States

Canadian/Egyptian

Technology

47

Caspar Herzberg

MEA President

Schneider Electric

France

German

Electronics

48

Mwaffak Kanjee

Vice President and MEA Business Unit

McDonald's

United States

American

Restaurants

49

Marcello Baricordi

General Manager, MENA, Visa International

Visa

United States

Italian

Technology

50

Robert Nichols

Managing Director MEA

3M

United Kingdom

British

Diversified

51

Mostafa AlGuezeri

Managing Director, UAE and Near East Countries

ABB

Switzerland

Egyptian

Utilities

52

Nadim Najjar

Managing Director MENA

Thomson Reuters

United States

British

Media and Advertising

53

Hiroki Soegima

Managing Director, Panasonic MEA

Panasonic

Japan

Japanese

Electronics

54

Mete Ekin

Regional Managing Director Middle East and Africa

Bridgestone

Japan

Turkish

Automobiles

55

Rudi Jagersbacher

President, Middle East, Africa & Turkey

Hilton

United States

Austrian

Hospitality

56

Sunil Kaushal

Regional CEO, Africa & Middle East

Standard Chartered

United Kingdom

Indian

Banking

57

Alexis Lecanuet

Managing Director Middle East & Turkey

Accenture Middle East BV

Ireland

French

Technology

58

Anurag Agarwal

Managing Director, Middle East

Canon

Japan

Indian

Electronics

59

Fabio Fontana

Vice President & Managing Director - Middle East

HP enterprise

United States

Italian

Technology

60

Farid Al Sabbagh

Vice President and Head of Middle East for Fujitsu

Fujitsu

Japan

St. Kitts and Nevis

Technology

61

Ashraf Abdalla

Vice President & General Manager GCC

Johnson Controls International

Ireland

British

Industrials

62

Ranjith Nair

Director: Africa, Middle East & India- Operational Excellence, Transformation & Innovation

Air Liquide

France

Indian

Industrials

63

Wissam Moukahal

Managing Director, Central, with responsibility for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey

Macquarie

United Kingdom

Lebanese

Banking

64

Nicholas Maclean

MD, MENAT

CBRE Group

United States

British

Services

65

Christopher Page

Chief Executive Officer, ME

Aon

United Kingdom

British

Services

66

Art Cozad

Chief Executive Officer, Middle East

Cigna Insurance Middle East

America

American

Insurance

67

Ahmed Kenawi

Senior Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa

Halliburton

United States

Egyptian

Petrochemical

68

Piotr Rusecki

Country Director UAE

Cemex

Mexico

Mexican

Industrials

69

Marc Godin

Vice President and General Manager, Lenovo MEA

Lenovo Group

Hong Kong

French

Electronics

70

Ahmad Waarie

Managing Director Middle East

Willis Towers Watson

United Kingdom

Netherlands

Services

71

Andrey Dvoychenkov

Group Managing Director- Arabian Peninsula & Pakistan

Nielsen

United States

Russian

Services

72

Pascal Gauvin

Managing Director, India, Middle East and Africa

InterContinental Hotels

United Kingdom

French

Hospitality

73

Amr K. El Leithy

Head of the Middle East and Africa

Nokia

Finland

French/Egyptian

Technology

74

Khader Mattar

Regional VP Sales

Bombardier

Canada

Canadian/Egyptian

Aviation

75

Ignace Bauwens

Regional Vice President, Middle East, Eurasia and Africa

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

United States

Belgian

Hospitality

76

Mark Willis

CEO, Middle East and Africa region

Accorhotels

United States

British

Hospitality

77

Alex Saber

Chairman, Publicis Media Middle East

Publicis Groupe

France

Lebanese

Media and Advertising

78

Mahmoud Al-Yahya

Regional Manager Xerox Middle East

Xerox

United States

Jordanian

Technology

79

Ananda Kumar

GeneraL Manager, GCC

Bank of Baroda

India

Indian

Banking

80

Bachir Awad

VICE PRESIDENT, MANAGING DIRECTOR, MIDDLE EAST

Cerner

United States

Australian

Healthcare

81

Chris Dooley

Regional Chief Executive Officer RSA, UAE and MD RSA Bahrain

RSA Insurance Group

United Kingdom

British

Insurance

82

Andre Winogradsky

MD Gulf region

Geberit

Switzerland

French

Industrials

83

Fadi Kanafani

Managing Director Middle East- Africa and Pakistan

Netapp

United States

Lebanese

Technology

84

Gang Hoon Lee

Managing Director, MOBIS Parts Middle East

Hyundai Mobis

South Korea

South Korean

Automobiles

85

Tarek Daouk

CEO Dentsu Aegis Network in Middle East and North Africa

Dentsu

Japan

Lebanese

Media and Advertising

86

Eric Zonderland

Managing Director Middle East

Stora Enso

Finland

Dutch

Industrials

87

Gabriel Podskubka

Eastern Hemisphere area manager

Tenaris

Luxembourg

Argentinian

Industrials

88

Khalid Al-Qaqa

Group CEO Shanghai Electric Middle Eat FZCO

Shanghai Electric Group

China

Jordanian

Electronics

89

Neil Enright

Regional Sales Director, Middle East

Rockwell Automation

United States

Irish

Technology

90

Thierry Delvaux

CEO, Middle East and Africa

JLL

United States

French

Services

91

Mukund Iyer

Managing Director, Gulf

Praxair

United States

Indian

Industrials

92

Ram Ramachandran

General Manager & Head of Middle East & Africa

Tech Mahindra

India

Indian

Technology

93

Joyce Bijl

Managing Director Middle East

Adecco

Switzerland

Dutch

Services

94

Ronald Boueri

General Manager for MENA, Greece and Balkans

Zimmer Holdings

United States

Lebanese

Healthcare

95

Emmanuel Laurina

Managing Director and Head of MENA

State Street

United States

Belgian

Banking

96

Ahmed Auda

Managing Director Middle East, Turkey & North Africa

Vmware

United States

Egyptian

Technology

97

Jesus Sancho

Middle East Managing Director

Acciona

Spain

Spanish

Services

98

Phlipi Boe

Managing Director Middle East

Schindler

Switzerland

French

Electronics

99

Youssef Chraibi

Country President and CEO- Securitas Morocco

Securitas

Sweden

Moroccan

Services

100

Harsh Gupta

Senior Vice President - Middle East and Africa

HDFC Bank

India

Indian

Banking

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