Etisalat has appointed Saleh Al Abdooli, ex-CEO of Etisalat Misr, as the new CEO of domestic operations in the UAE, replacing acting CEO Nasser bin Obood. Saeed Al Hamli has now become CEO of Etisalat Misr, where Etisalat holds a 66% stake.
Abdooli has been CEO of Etisalat Misr for five years and has led the telco from its start-up phase to become a strong competitor to its rivals Vodafone Egypt and Mobinil. Abdooli joined Etisalat in the early 1990s tasked with mobile system planning. He moved on to become the general manager of network development and chairman of Etisalat’s technical committees overseeing the company’s international expansions. He was chair of the committee that won the bid of the third operator in Egypt in 2006.
Saeed Al Hamli has more than 20 years experience in the telecom industry. Since he joined Etisalat in 1991, he has held a range of managerial and executive positions. Al Hamli has worked in the UAE and beyond. From 2007 to 2011, he worked as the CEO of Etisalat Afghanistan where he achieved "excellent business and operational results" acording to Etisalat.
The appointment is part of a wider management overhaul at Etisalat. Earlier in January, it emerged that Etisalat appointed Jamal al Jarwan as its chief regional officer for Asia, and in August 2011 Ahmed Julfar was appointed as group CEO. Previous appointments included Daniel Ritz as chief strategy officer, Serkan Okandan as group chief financial officer and Matthew Willsher as chief marketing officer.
Etisalat operates in 18 countries across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.