Thuraya, a UAE-based mobile satellite service operator, has appointed Patrick Chenel as its chief financial officer. Chenel replaces former CFO Mohammed Sharaf, who left the company earlier in the year.
Chenel, who was previously CFO for the real estate arm of the Qatar Investment Authority, Qatari Diar, will handle Thuraya’s financial management, planning and reporting functions. He will also be responsible for maintaining and developing the company’s relationships with financial institutions and strategic suppliers around the world.
Chenel began his career with Alcatel in 1989, and held various senior positions in finance.
Chenel has experience overseeing business performance and growth initiatives through various international assignments in the UAE, Qatar, Canada, China, and France.
Samer Halawi, CEO, Thuraya, said: “Patrick combines an excellent and reputable background as a CFO with international experience, and a broad background in the telecom industry. This remarkable combination makes him a valuable addition to our team.”