Karim Abouseda, Managing Director, Kinetics Middle East
single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders, and continually develops them." These aesthetic words by American writer and orator John C. Maxwell perfectly align with the story of Kinetics Middle East, and the man at its helm, Karim Abouseda, the company's Managing Director. Karim’s leadership journey has a warm sense of uniqueness to it as he started it as a voluntary community worker in the streets of California.
The New BFF of COOs
By: Sujith Vasudevan, Managing Editor
More often, the second-highest-ranking executive in an organization, a chief operating officer (COO), conventionally oversaw day-to-day operations and executed the company's long-term goals.
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By: Sharon Chan, Head-JLABS Asia Pacific, Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS Asia Pacific, Johnson & Johnson’s premier life science incubator that aims to empower and enable innovators
By: Dr. Kaushik Sengupta, Product Head – Food SAR Region, Bureau Veritas Group
With 19+ years’ experience in the verticals like audit, certification, training, quality functions, Dr. Kaushik is increasing the digital process automation valuation
By: Michel Obadia, CEO Asia-Pacific, Siemens Mobility
Michel has over three decades of expertise in the mobility and technology sectors. Michel holds an Engineering degree from Telecom Bretagne and is a telecommunications specialist.
By: Aditya Arora, CEO, Teleperformance India
Aditya has been associated with Teleperformance for over three years, prior to which he held the role of Managing Director at Intelenet Global Services, and Vice President at Genpact
By: Mradul K., VP - Global Sales & Strategy, LogiNext
Mradul boasts of a 13-year long career during which he has been associated with companies such as Bajaj Alliance General Insurance, IFFCO
Top 10 COOs In Middle East - 2023
Operational Excellence, Cultural Intelligence: Empowering Businesses in the Middle East
The Chief Operating Officer (COO) plays a pivotal role in the corporate landscape of the Middle East, steering organizations through the unique opportunities that define the region. In this dynamic environment, marked by a blend of tradition and rapid modernization, the COO's responsibilities extend far beyond conventional operational oversight. The role of a COO in the Middle East extends beyond traditional operational functions. The COO in the Middle East plays a pivotal role in steering organizations toward success in an ever-evolving landscape.
Strategic Vision, Cultural Harmony: Transformative Leadership for Middle East Operations
The key aspect of the COO's role is navigating the diverse cultural and regulatory landscapes prevalent across Middle Eastern countries. The COO must adeptly align the company's strategies with local norms and regulations, ensuring seamless integration while respecting cultural sensitivities. This cultural intelligence is essential for fostering positive relationships with stakeholders and driving sustainable growth. In a region characterized by economic diversification, the COO becomes an architect of strategic transformation. This demands a forward-thinking mindset to identify and leverage new revenue streams, contributing to the overall resilience of the organization in a changing economic landscape. Collaboration and relationship-building skills are paramount for a successful COO in the Middle East. Building strong partnerships with local businesses, government entities, and other stakeholders is essential for navigating the intricate network of relationships that often underpin success in the region. Establishing trust is a cornerstone for sustainable operations, and the COO serves as a bridge between the organization and its external environment.
CEO Insights Asia in this issue presents a list of ‘Top 10 COOs in Middle East - 2023' who have leveraged their extensive industry expertise and experience in offering effective skills to the market. The following list has been prepared after being closely scrutinized by a distinguished panel of judges including CXOs, analysts and our editorial board. We recognize their valuable contribution to the ever expanding and competitive market and their ability to sustain themselves and emerge as top contestants through their reliable knowledge.
|The chemical industry plays a pivotal role in modern society, contributing to various sectors. Its growth factors are diverse, driven by increasing global demand for chemicals. Population growth, urbanization, and technological advancements have boosted this demand.
|Alessandro Maria Tedesco ,COO
|A dynamic leader in the hospitality industry with extensive knowledge in hospitality and residential contract sectors, specializing in procurement, management and trucking supply
|Anand Mallikarjun ,COO
|A business leader with over 26+ years of experience in the hospitality, food & beverages industry with expertise in hotel management, catering technology and applied nutrition
|Ashraf Alameria ,COO
|El Seif Engineering
|An exceptionally strong background in a wide range of project structures, including design–build, full EPCM, joint ventures, and public–private partnerships
|Hassan Mahmoud ,COO
|A seasoned professional with a diverse background spanning computer programming, HR & operations, emphasizes collaboration, clear vision, and individualized motivation for team success
|Jesús Díaz-Sarabia Cramazou ,Chief Operating Officer
|A entrepreneurial leader with 20 + years of experience in building marketplaces, complex operational systems, new products, and passionate about people, eCommerce, retail & technology
|Mritunjoy Singh ,Group COO & Board Member
|A global leader with over 20 years of experience in management and technology, specialized in providing integrated technology solutions and services for diverse industries & regions
|Obaid Al Shamsi ,COO
|Dubai Islamic Bank
|An experienced leader with over two decades of diverse service experience in change management, operational control, digitalization and infrastructure management
|Paul Grinnall ,COO
|A business advisor & consultant with wide-ranging, executive achievements, providing business leaders with cost-effective and common-sense filled solutions for business growth
|Turki Albenayan ,COO
|Saudi Binladin Group (SBG)
|A passionate leader having more than 21 years of experience in several fields, facilities management, project management, support services and operation and maintenance