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August 18, 2014

Dr Amer bin Awadh al Rawas has quit Omantel after a long and successful stint to join Tasneea Oil and Gas Technology as the group CEO. A specialised company in the design and manufacturing of products and equipment used in the extraction of oil and gas, Tasneea Oil and Gas Technology has various subsidiaries responsible for manufacturing products such as chemical materials and oil field equipment. Tasneea is also involved in the research and development for forefront technology of the energy sector. Dr Amer Rawas carries with him extensive experience in various sectors, mainly telecom, oil and gas and academic. In 2002, he moved to the largest telecom company in the Sultanate, Omantel, to become managing director of Oman Mobile, and later the CEO of Omantel at the beginning of 2009. He holds PhD in computer science and artificial intelligence from Sussex University, UK and worked as a visiting researcher at Nasa in United States for two years. He is a member of several academic boards. His efforts and achievements have been recognised at many international and local platforms. He has been felicitated with a number of prestigious awards. Recently, OER's sister publication AIWA felicitated him with the Best Transformation Leader Award.

Commenting on the appointment of Dr Amer Rawas as group CEO, Hilal bin Hamed al Busaidy, chairman of Tasneea board of directors said, "We are privileged have to onboard such a high calibre Omani to head the executive management of the group as he has extensive experience and achieved significant international and local accomplishments. We look forward to benefiting from his experience in leading the company to new horizons."

alizz islamic bank has announced the appointment of Salaam Said al Shaksy as its CEO. Al Shaksy comes with over 22 years of experience in retail as well as wholesale banking. He started his banking career with Citibank Global Consumer Business in 1992 in Dubai. He held the position of CEO in several reputed local and international banks and financial institutions such as National Bank of Oman, Dubai Bank, Dubai Banking Group, and Dubai Islamic Investment Group. HH Sayyid Taimur Bin As'ad Al Said, chairman of alizz islamic bank said, "I would like to welcome Salaam Al Shaksy as CEO of alizz Islamic bank. I am confident that his wide experience and exceptional insight in the banking sector locally, regionally, and internationally will provide the bank with great value to become a leader Islamic bank in the Sultanate".

Currently, Al Shaksy is chairman of Oman'sInvestment Stabilisation Fund. He is also a member of the board of directors; member

of the board of executive committee and chairman of the tender committee of Al Rafd Fund (Oman's government funded small and medium enterprises fund); and a board member of the College of Banking and Financial Studies set up and supervised by the Central Bank of Oman. His previous roles include chairman of Oman National Investment Corporation Holding, deputy chairman of the board of Shell Oman Marketing and chairman of its board audit committee; deputy chairman, Muscat Securities Market and board member of Bank Muscat.

Oman Air has appointed Abdulrahaman Al-Busaidy as chief operating officer. The airline's commercial, network planning, and strategy and business development divisions will report to Al Busaidy. The appointment comes at a critical time for Oman Air, as it prepares for its next phase of rapid expansion, which will begin with the arrival later this year of the first of the 20 new aircraft that the airline currently has on order. Welcoming his appointment, Acting CEO of Oman Air, Salim Al Kindy, commented, "We are delighted to welcome Abdulrahaman Al-Busaidy to the newly-created post of chief operating officer, where his formidable skills and extensive experience will be crucial in helping to guide Oman Air through its next phase of development. We are further delighted that he is returning to Oman Air, having been the airline's CEO from 2000 to 2006."

HSBC Bank Oman has appointed Abdul Qader bin Ahmed Al Sumali as the bank's new general manager and head of retail banking and wealth management (RBWM).

A seasoned Omani banker, Al Sumali has over 20 years of experience in retail banking and been involved in numerous public and private sector projects. He joined HSBC Bank Oman in 2013 as deputy general manager, retail banking and wealth management, and in his new role will be responsible for driving and expanding the bank's retail banking and wealth management presence in Oman. Andrew Long, CEO, HSBC Bank Oman, said, "I am delighted that we have been able to appoint Abdul Qader into this strategically important role. We continue to actively support the national agenda by developing local talent throughout the bank to identify our senior leaders of the future."

Mike Maudsley has been appointed as general manager for STOMO in Oman. Mike joins STOMO from the UK where he was station manager for the Deeside and Shotton CCGT power stations. Prior to this, Mike has spent 20 years in a variety of roles in power industry covering engineering development, construction and commissioning of CCGT and CHP plants, energy trading and operations of coal, gas and pumped storage power stations. Commenting on his first stint in the Middle East, Mike said, "STOMO in Oman has gained a well-earned reputation as the leading operations and maintenance provider in the energy and power sector. I am excited to undertake the role of general manager in the Sultanate, where the company has already spearheaded exceptional projects, and look forward to moving forward in line with STOMO's vision to maintain our position as a market leader in the region."

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Source: Oman Economic Review (OER)

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