Mr. Saoud Abdulaziz Bin Hadef Al Shamsi has joined Ufone as Deputy CEO reporting to Mr. Abdul Aziz, President & CEO.
Mr. Saoud is a UAE national and has been with Etisalat since 1997 with rich experience from different countries and strong exposure in sales & marketing domain. Prior to joining Ufone, he was VP International Investment- Strategy & Business Development at Etisalat.
Currently Ufone management hasn’t shared his roles and responsibilities and level involvement in Ufone matters, while official notification was served late Wednesday.
We couldn’t arrange official confirmation of the appointment.
There were certain rumors that this role might lead to replacement of current CEO. However, this has been denied by many credible officials. It seems as more of a mentoring activity whereby Etisalat wants to build leaders through sending them to their different operations (in different countries) for gaining diverse experience and exposure. After a certain period, such individuals on international assignment might lead an operation in another country or another new setup / acquisition by Etisalat.