Zain Group has hired Scott Gegenheimer as its new group CEO, effective immediately.
Gegenheimer, who was previously CEO of Wataniya Kuwait for five years, replaces Nabeel Bin Salamah, who announced his intention to resign in October.
Gegenheimer’s appointment follows a comprehensive search domestically and internationally, Zain Group said in a statement.
A US national, Gegenheimer has a 24 years' experience in the telecoms sector, having spent 10 years in various senior management and leadership positions at regional operators.
Asaad Al Banwan, chairman, Zain Group, said: “Scott Gegenheimer is a very capable and experienced leader in the industry and I am confident this appointment will be instrumental to Zain Group reaching the next level of its strategic development. “Gegenheimer has proved himself as a decisive and gifted telecom leader, and brings a wide cross section of telecom experience, spanning international and regional exposure.”
Al Banwan added: “The Board of Directors and I […] look forward to supporting him as he brings his considerable knowledge and expertise to the company. He is no stranger to Kuwait and the region, and we believe it shall take very little time for him to become familiar with the Zain culture and start having a material impact on the company’s operations.”
Gegenheimer has also spent time working for technology heavyweights including Cisco Systems and Motorola.
Gegenheimer said that having worked in the telecom sector in Kuwait, he had a “great deal of respect” for what Zain has achieved at a group level.
“This is a crucial time in the evolution of the telecom sector. I shall be relying on the team around me and all Zain employees to make sure we take advantage of the opportunities that arise,” he added.