Top 100 Executives In The Arab World

Our Global Meets Local ranking highlights the achievements of the regional heads of the world’s largest corporations. The Middle East has traditionally been a lucrative market for multinational companies, and for years household names such as Proctor & Gamble, Unilever, PepsiCo, and General Motors among others, have sold to millions of consumers across the region. Today, due to favorable government policies and geographical advantages, the executives of many of these companies are governing ever larger areas based out of the GCC, for example Sanjeev Chadha of PepsiCo heads Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Mohamed Samir is President of P&G for the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East and Africa, and Mario Spangenberg heads General Motors operations in the Middle East and Africa.

Now country leaders are looking to attract investment. Tech companies like IBM are working with the region’s governments, as well as corporates like ADCB and Etihad Airways, on their digital transformation. And our top executives are making a significant contribution to building physical infrastructure in the region. Dietmar Siersdorfer heads Siemens Middle East, which is building a mega power project in Egypt, and China State Construction Engineering Cooperation headed by Yu Tao is building the Kuwait University ACSF Project and a Central Utility Plant in Kuwait.

The vast spends involved need to be financed by the governments. Low oil prices have caused deficit budgets all over the region, so major banks like HSBC and JP Morgan Chase are helping raise money through government bonds, as well as facilitating trade and lending to consumers.


We sent out questionnaires to all the companies that were listed on the Forbes Global 2000 list and had significant operations in the region. Based on the answers we received we ranked the CEOs of those companies according to the following criteria:

Global impact: The rank of the company on the Forbes Global 2000 list

Employment Impact: Number of employees that the company has in the region

Oversight of the Individual: The number of countries or regions that the executive oversees

Experience: Total experience of the executive

ImageRankNameDesignationCompanyHeadquartersNationalitySectorYears spent at the company
1Nabil HabayebPresident and CEO, MENATGeneral ElectricU.S.Lebanese-AmericanDiversified34
2Georges ElhederyGroup General Manager, CEO, MENA and Deputy Chairman, Middle EastHSBC HoldingsU.K.LebaneseBanks12
3Yves ManghardtChairman and CEO, Middle EastNestléSwitzerlandSwissFood and Beverages33
4Dietmar SiersdorferCEO, Middle EastSiemensGermanyGermanDiversified30
5Sjoerd LeenartGlobal Head, Corporate Banking and Regional Head, CEEMEAJP Morgan ChaseU.S.DutchBanks24
6Sanjeev ChadhaCEO, Asia, MENAPepsiCoU.S.IndianFood and Beverages27
7Mohamed SamirPresident, ISMEAProcter & GambleU.S.EgyptianConsumer Goods27
8Mario SpangenbergPresident and Managing Director, MEAGeneral MotorsU.S.AmericanAutomobiles and Spares12
9Samer Abu LtaifPresident, MEAMicrosoftU.S.LebaneseTechnology13
10Takreem El-TohamyGeneral Manager, MEAIBMU.S.EgyptianTechnology32
11Arshad GhafurPresident and Country Executive, MENABank of America Merrill LynchU.S.BritishBanks4
12Murat OzgelGeneral Manager, Middle EastCoca-ColaU.S.TurkishFood and Beverages14
13Bernard DunnPresident MENATBoeingU.S.AmericanAerospace and Defense5
14Cedric CharpentierCEO, AXA Insurance GulfAXA InsuranceFranceFrenchInsurance20
15Mark De HaesPresident and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Cars, Middle EastDaimlerGermanyBelgianAutomobiles and Spares11
16Luciano PoliPresident, IMETDow ChemicalU.S.SwissPetrochemicals28
17Mikail HouariPresident, Airbus MEAEADSNetherlandsFrenchAerospace and Defense12
18Norm GilsdorfPresident, Middle East, Russia, Turkey & Central AsiaHoneywell InternationalU.S.AmericanDiversified10
19Hatem SolimanPresident, MEASchlumbergerU.S.EgyptianPetrochemicals35
20David MeadsVice President, MEACisco SystemsU.S.BritishTechnology21
21James Harold?President and Head, MENANovartis Pharma ServicesSwitzerlandBritishPharmaceuticals20
22Yu TaoPresident and CEO, Middle EastChina State Construction EngineeringChinaChineseReal Estate and Construction24
23Sanjiv KakkarExecutive Vice President, MENATRABUnileverNetherlandsIndianConsumer Goods33
24Nour SulimanCEO, DHL Express, MENADHLGermanyBahrainiTransportation and Logistics38
25Abdul Rahman Al ThehaibanSenior Vice President Technology, MEAOracleU.S.SaudiTechnology11
26Lino CattaruzziManaging Director, MENAGoogleU.S.ArgentineanTechnology9
27Mazin KhouryCEO, MENAAmerican ExpressU.S.BahrainiFinancial Services28
28Mwaffak KanjeeVice President, MEAMcDonald'sU.S.AmericanFood and Beverages37
29Alex KyriakidisPresident and Managing Director, MEAMarriott InternationalU.S.GreekHotels and Hospitality5
30Ashraf El AfifiPresident, India, MEAHenkelGermanyEgyptianConsumer Goods23
31Said HaddadManaging Director, MEAJohnson & JohnsonU.S.LebaneseConsumer Goods17
32Jean-Paul ScheuerCountry Chair and General Manager, GulfSanofiFranceFrenchPharmaceuticals9
33Makram AzarChairman, MENABarclaysU.K.BritishBanks7
34Philip SmitsManaging Director and Senior Vice President, Middle EastBayerGermanyDutchPharmaceuticals12
35Rafiah IbrahimPresident, MEAEricssonSwedenMalaysianTechnology21
36Andrew MilesVice President and General Manager, GCCGlaxoSmithKlineU.K.British-AmericanPharmaceuticals5
37Benoit TiersGroup Managing Director, Middle EastAudi VolkswagenGermanyFrenchAutomobiles and Spares17
38Zhou XiaodongHead, Middle EastICBCChinaChineseBanks24
39John FrijnsVice President Middle EastBASFGermanyGermanPetrochemicals17
40Taha KhalifaGeneral Manager, MENAIntelU.S.EgyptianTechnology22
41Roy HaddadDirector, MENAWPPU.K.LebaneseMedia and Communications30
42Thibaud De LisleManaging Director, Total Marketing METotalFranceFrenchPetrochemicals14
43Jean-Francois CondaminePresident, ISMEAUnited Parcel ServiceU.S.FrenchTransportation and Logistics27
44Taro KimuraManaging Director, MEASonyJapanJapaneseConsumer Electronics14
45Johannes SeibertManaging Director, Middle EastBMW GroupGermanyGermanAutomobiles and Spares31
46Jorge da MottaRegional President, MENEAT and World Wide Duty FreeJapan Tobacco InternationalJapanSouth African-BelgianTobacco12
47Jihad SragePresident, MEA and Eastern EuropeQualcommU.S.Lebanese-AmericanTechnology9
48Hiroki SoejimaManaging Director, MEAPanasonicJapanJapaneseConsumer Electronics33
49Jamal Al KishiCEO, MEADeutsche BankGermanySaudiBanks10
50Julio Garcia-VillalonRegional Head, MEAMetLifeU.S.SpanishInsurance29
51Gergi AbboudManaging Director, MENAPSAPGermanyLebaneseTechnology7
52Rudi JagersbacherPresident, MEATHiltonU.S.AustrianHotels and Hospitality43
53Jonathan LabinManaging Director, MENAPFacebookU.S.AmericanTechnology6
54Ihab AyoubGeneral Manager, MENAVisaU.S.CanadianFinancial Services13
55Sunil KaushalRegional CEO, MEAStandard CharteredU.K.SingaporeanBanks19
56Pascal GauvinCOO, IMEAInterContinental HotelsU.K.FrenchHotels and Hospitality20
57Caspar HerzbergPresident, MEASchneider ElectricFranceGermanElectrical and Engineering2
58Anurag AgrawalManaging Director, Middle EastCanonJapanIndianImaging17
59Elie KhouriCEO, MENAOmnicom Media GroupU.S.LebaneseMedia and Communications16
60Hesham FahmySenior Regional Manager, MENA and Asia PacificHalliburtonU.S.EgyptianPetrochemicals22
61Mete EkinRegional Managing Director, MEABridgestoneJapanTurkishAutomobiles and Spares2
62Nadim NajjarManaging Director, MENAThomson ReutersU.S.LebaneseMedia and Communications23
63Marc GodinVice President and General Manager, MEATLenovo GroupHong KongFrenchConsumer Electronics12
64Mathew ThomasVice President and Managing Director Middle East, Turkey and East AfricaHPU.S.IndianTechnology7
65Michael PomeranceVice President and Managing Director, MEACernerU.S.AmericanHealthcare Services and Equipment15
66Mohammed AminSenior Vice President, METADell EMCU.S.Egyptian-CanadianTechnology15
67Hisham RadwanGeneral Manager, MEAAetnaU.S.EgyptianInsurance20
68Mostafa AlGuezeriManaging Director, GulfABBSwitzerlandEgyptianElectrical and Engineering19
69Omar BoulosRegional Managing Director, Middle East and TurkeyAccentureIrelandAmericanTechnology21
70Gang Hoon LeeManaging Director, MOBIS Parts Middle EastHyundai MobisSouth KoreaSouth KoreanAutomobiles and Spares23
71Jean Claude FarahPresident, Global PaymentsWestern UnionU.S.Lebanese-FrenchFinancial Services18
72Lloyd James EastRegional CEO, Middle EastRSA Insurance GroupU.K.BritishInsurance8
73Harald WolfGeneral Manager, Roche Diagnostics Middle EastRocheSwitzerlandGermanHealthcare Services and Equipment21
74Christopher PageCEO, MEAAonU.K.BritishServices0.5
75Wissam MoukahalExecutive Chairman, MENAMacquarie CapitalU.K.LebaneseBanks4
76Gabriel PodskubkaManaging Director, Eastern HemisphereTenarisLuxembourgArgentineanPetrochemicals14
77Eric ZonderlandManaging Director, Middle EastStora EnsoFinlandDutchIndustrials14
78Graham NicholsManaging Director, Amadeus GulfAmadeus IT GroupSpainBritishTechnology10
79Nicholas MacleanManaging Director, Middle EastCBRE GroupU.S.BritishServices18
80Arslan AshrafRegional Managing Director, Arabian PeninsulaNielsenU.S.PakistaniServices14
81Farid Al SabbaghVice President and Head of Middle EastFujitsuJapanSt. Kitts and NevisConsumer Electronics10
82Ram RamachandranGM, Head MEATech Mahindra LimitedIndiaIndianTechnology8
83Andre WinogradskyManaging Director, GulfGeberitSwitzerlandFrenchIndustrials4
84Philippe BoueManaging Director, MENASchindler HoldingSwitzerlandFrenchElectrical and Engineering19
85Joyce BijlManaging Director, Middle EastAdeccoSwitzerlandDutchServices10
86Alex SaberChairman, Publicis Media Middle EastPublicis GroupeFranceLebaneseMedia and Communications26
87Ronald BoueriGeneral Manager, MENA, Greece and BalkansZimmerU.S.LebaneseHealthcare Services and Equipment13
88Bruce RobertsonManaging Director, MENAJaguar Land RoverU.K.BritishAutomobiles and Spares22
89Hiroaki ShibataGeneral Manager, MEAHonda MotorJapanJapaneseAutomobiles and Spares31
90Emmanuel LaurinaManaging Director and Head, MENAState StreetU.S.BelgianBanks11
91Mukund IyerManaging Director, GulfPraxairU.S.IndianIndustrials7
92Neil EnrightRegional Sales Director, Middle EastRockwell AutomationU.S.IrishTechnology7
93D Ananda KumarCEO, GCCBank of BarodaIndiaIndianBanks18
94Paul EvansRegional Head, MEAOld MutualU.K.BritishFinancial Services16
95Khader MattarRegional Vice President Sales, MEA, Asia Pacific and ChinaBombardierCanadaBritishAerospace and Defense12
96Ahmad WaarieManaging Director, Middle EastWillis Towers WatsonU.K.DutchServices8
97Fadi KanafaniManaging Director, MEANetAppU.S.LebaneseTechnology4
98Khalid Al-QaqaGroup CEO, Middle EastShanghai Electric GroupChinaJordanianElectrical and Engineering16
99Harsh GuptaSenior Vice President, MEAHDFC BankIndiaIndianBanks17
100Gaetan DescleeCountry President and CEO, MoroccoSecuritasSwedenDutchServices13