Dubai: Al Ghurair, the UAE-based conglomerate, announced on Wednesday the appointment of Samer Al Haj as its new group chief executive officer.

He will replace Adil Toubia who joined Al Ghurair as group CEO in 2014.

In his new role, Al Haj will oversee Al Ghurair’s businesses and lead these operations to bring stronger profitability and sustainability.

Al Haj brings 35 years of multi-industry experience across the US, Asia, and the GCC region where he has experience in areas of real estate development, retail, hospitality, and food and beverage, among others.

He joins Al Ghurair from his last role at Dubai Holdings as chief financial officer, a position he held for five years. Other senior roles he held include chief operating officer and chief financial officer at Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation (Senaat), chief executive officer of Waha Capital, and deputy CEO at Gulf Investment House.

Al Haj is an INSEAD-certified International Board Director, and holds an MBA in banking and corporate finance; a Master of Science (MS) degree in construction and engineering management; and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the US and the UK.