Dubai: When it comes to running a business, the chief executives of companies in the UAE do it better than most of their peers in the Gulf.

The latest Top CEO Awards, which recognizes the best leaders who have delivered solid results and kept businesses in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region growing, is out.

Out of the 150 publicly listed organisations that were included in the review, 100 were recognized for being instrumental in the growth of GCC companies, as well as for “creating jobs, maintaining profitability for their shareholders, applying corporate governance and transforming” the region.

Six chief executive officers (CEOs) in the UAE have made it to the top ten list, with Shayne Nelson, group CEO of Emirates NBD, bagging the crown. 

Also in the top 10 are Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair of Mashreq, Dr Adnan Chilwan of Dubai Islamic Bank, Tirad Al Mahmoud of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Nasser Abdulrahman Rafi of Emaar Malls Group and Ala’a Eraiqat of Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.

Out of the companies who made it to the “top 100,” about a quarter (24 per cent) are from the UAE.

The Top CEO Awards is organized by Trends magazine and INSEAD Business School. The CEOs were ranked based on the financial statements of publicly listed companies.

Here are the 100 chief executives who were honoured during a red carpet ceremony in Dubai on March 30:

1) Shayne Nelson /Group CEO

Emirates NBD

Bank – DFM, UAE


2) Ebrahim Ahmad Al Mannai /Chief Coordinator/MD /CEO

Gulf International Services

Industrial – Qatar


3) Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair /CEO


Bank – DFM, UAE


4) Dr Adnan Chilwan /CEO

Dubai Islamic Bank

Bank – DFM, UAE

5) Tirad Al Mahmoud /CEO

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB)

Bank – ADX, UAE


6) Fawaz Alhokair /Founder/Group CEO

Fawaz Al Hokair Group

Retail – Saudi Arabia

7) Nasser Abdulrahman Rafi /CEO

Emaar Malls Group

Retail – DFM, UAE

8) Gerhard Marschitz /CEO

Saudi Airlines Catering Company

F&B – Saudi Arabia

9) Tal Hisham Nazer /CEO

Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance

Insurance – Saudi Arabia

10) Ala’a Eraiqat /CEO

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)

Bank – ADX, UAE


11) Alex Thursby /Group CEO

National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Bank – ADX, UAE


12) David Robert Dew /CEO

Saudi British Bank

Bank – Saudi Arabia


13) Essa Kazim /Chairman/CEO

Dubai Financial Market

Financial Services – UAE


14) Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer /CEO


Industry – Saudi Arabia


15) Ranjeev Menon /CEO

Gulf Warehousing Company

Logistics – Qatar


16) Jamal Bin Ghalaita /CEO

Emirates Islamic

Bank – DFM, UAE


17) Dr Brend Van Linder /CEO

Saudi Hollandi Bank

Bank – Saudi Arabia


18) André Sayegh /CEO

First Gulf Bank

Bank – ADX, UAE


19) Ali Ahmed Al Kuwari /CEO

Qatar National Bank

Bank – Qatar


20) Fahad Al-Rasheed /CEO

Emaar – The Economic City

Real Estate – Saudi Arabia


21) Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak / CEO

Aldar Properties

Real Estate – ADX, UAE


22) Adel Mustafawi / Group CEO

Masraf Al Rayan

Islamic Bank – Qatar Stock Exchange


23) Mohamed Al-Nema /Chairman/CEO

Al Themar International Holding

Real Estate – Kuwait


24) Qasem Abdelghani Al Maimani /CEO

Arabian Cement Co.

Industry – Saudi Arabia


25) Adel Al Ali / CEO

Air Arabia

Aviation – DFM


26) Abdulkarim Al-Agil / CEO

Jarir Marketing Company

Retail – Saudi Arabia


27) Fahad Al-Mohannadi /General Manager/ Group CEO

Qatar Electricity & Water Company

Utilities – Qatar


28) Ghazi Abu Nahl /Group CEO

Qatar General Insurance & Reinsurance Company

Insurance – Qatar


29) Dr Ali Al-Tijani Ahmed/CEO

Al Tayyar Travel Group

Tourism – Saudi Arabia


30) Bassel Gamal /CEO

Qatar Islamic Bank

Bank – Qatar


31) Dr Robert Eid /CEO

Arab National Bank

Bank – Saudi Arabia


32) Kyle Whitehill /CEO

Vodafone Qatar

Telecom – Qatar


33) Abdullah Fadhalah Al-Sulaiti /Managing Director/CEO

Qatar Gas Transport Company

Logistics – Qatar


34) Mohamed Abdulrahman Amiri /CEO

Ajman Bank

Bank – DFM, UAE


35) Alan Whelan Group/ CEO


Telecom – Bahrain


36) Abdulaziz Al-Sugair Group Chairman/CEO

Saudi Telecom Company

Telecom – Saudi Arabia


37) Waltherus Matthijs/ CEO

Saudi Dairy and Foodstuff Company

F&B – Saudi Arabia


38) Ahmad Al-Asmakh /Managing Director/CEO

Dlala Brokerage and Investment Holding Company

Financial Services – Qatar


39) Abdul Rahman Abdul Qader Faqih /Chairman/CEO

Jabal Omar Development Company

Real Estate – Saudi Arabia


40) Khalifa Abdulla Turki Al-Subaey /Group President/CEO

Qatar Insurance Company

Insurance – Qatar


41) Abdulla Lahej /CEO

Emaar Properties

Real Estate – DFM, UAE


42) Sadoun Ali /CEO

Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company

Industrials – Kuwait


43) Mohammed Ahmed Hassan /Acting CEO

Bahrain Islamic Bank

Bank – Bahrain


44) Saeed bin Mohammed Al Ghamdi /Chairman/CEO

The National Commercial Bank

Bank – Saudi Arabia


45) Mohammed Al Habtoor /MD/CEO

Dubai National Insurance & Reinsurance Company

Insurance – DFM, UAE


46) Abdullah Saleh Al Raisi /CEO

Commercial Bank of Qatar

Bank – Qatar


47) Peter Paul Baltussen /CEO

Commercial Bank of Dubai (CBD)

Bank – DFM, UAE


48) Abdulrahman Al Fadley /CEO


Dairy – Saudi Arabia


49) Fawaz Abdullah Ahmed Danish /CEO

United International Transportation Company

Logistics – Saudi Arabia


50) Badr Salem Al Amiri /CEO

Arkan Al Kuwait Real Estate

Real Estate – Kuwait


51) Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Hammadi /CEO

Al Hammadi Co. for Development and Investment

Healthcare – Saudi Arabia


52) Yusuf Ahmed Hussein /MD/CEO

Islamic Holding Group (IHG)

Financial Services – Qatar


53) Mohammed Aba Al-Ala /CEO

Najran Cement Company

Industrials – Saudi Arabia


54) Khalid Al-Emadi /Group CEO

MediCare Group

Healthcare – Qatar


55) Adil Bin Mohammed Al Zaid /CEO

Taiba Holding Company

Investment – Saudi Arabia


56) Ahmed Al-Subhi /CEO

ACWA Power Barka

Utilities – Oman


57) Yousuf Al-Qafari /CEO

Abdullah Al-Othaim Markets Company

Trading – Saudi Arabia


58)  Abdullah Bin Saad Al-Drees /CEO

Aldrees Petroleum and Transport Services Company

Logistics – Saudi Arabia


59) Ms Elham Yousry Mahfouz /CEO

Commercial Bank of Kuwait (CBK)

Bank – Kuwait


60) Fahad Al Khalaf /CEO


Healthcare – Saudi Arabia


61) Ahmed Jaffer Al Musalmi/CEO

National Bank of Oman

Bank – Oman


62) Eisa Bin Mohammed Al-Eisa /CEO

Samba Financial Group

Financial Services – Saudi Arabia


63) Khalid Jassim Mohd Bin Kalban /CEO

Dubai Investments

Investments – DFM, UAE


64) Nasr Amur Shwain Al Hosni /CEO

The Financial Corporation Company

Investment – Oman


65) Abdullah Mogbil Al Garawih /CEO

Advanced Petrochemical Company

Industrials – Saudi Arabia


66) Mohammed Mazhar Hamadeh/CEO

Al Ain Ahlia Insurance Company

Insurance – ADX, UAE


67) Sager Abdullatif Nadershah /MD/CEO

Aljazira Takaful Ta’wuni Company

Insurance – Saudi Arabia


68) Mamdouh Al Sharbini  /CEO

Al Salam Group Holding Company

Investments – Kuwait


69) Mohammad Nasr Abdeen /CEO

Union National Bank

Bank – ADX, UAE


70) Isam Al Sager /Group CEO

National Bank of Kuwait

Bank – Kuwait


71) Adel Abdul Wahab Al Majed /CEO

Boubyan Bank Kuwait

Bank – Kuwait


72) Musaed Bin Mohammad Al-Mineefi /CEO

The Saudi Investment Bank

Bank – Saudi Arabia


73) Tarek Mahmoud El-Sayed /Managing Director/ CEO

Aamal Company

Conglomerate – Qatar


74) Timothy J Murray /CEO

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba)

Industrials – Bahrain


75) Khalid Ibrahim Zagzoog /CEO

Alujain Corporation KSA

Industrials – Saudi Arabia


76) Salaam Said Al Shaksy / CEO

alizz Islamic Bank

Bank – Oman


77) Tarek El Sakka / CEO

Dubai Refreshments



78) Mohammed Othman /CEO

Insurance House

Insurance – ADX, UAE


79) Turki M K Al Khater /Managing Director/CEO

United Development Company

Investment – Qatar


80) Al Sayidda Rawan Ahmed Thabit Al Said /CEO

Takaful Oman Insurance

Insurance – Oman


81) Mohammed Ali Al Noush / CEO

Ras Al Khaimah Poultry and Feeding Company

Food – ADX, UAE


82) Abdul Mohsen bin Abdulaziz Al Fares /CEO

Alinma Bank

Bank – Saudi Arabia


83) Osman Sultan /CEO

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du)

Telecom – DFM, UAE


84) Yousif Abdulla Taqi /CEO

Al Salam Bank

Bank – Bahrain



85) Salah Jassim Murad /CEO

Ahli Bank

Bank – Qatar


86) Nader R Al-Nasser /Manager/CEO

Saudi Transport and Investment Company

Logistics – Saudi Arabia


87) Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Badran  /CEO

VIVA – Kuwait Telecom Company

Telecom – Kuwait


88) Ali Abdulrahman Al Subaihin /Board Member /CEO

Tawuniya (The Company for Cooperative Insurance)

Insurance – Saudi Arabia


89) Abdulbasit Ahmad Al Shaibei /CEO

Qatar International Islamic Bank

Bank – Qatar


90) Khalifa Ali Al Hetmi /CEO

Qatar Navigation (Milaha)

Logistics – Qatar


91) Ibrahim Bin Abdul Rahman Al Omar /CEO


Logistics – Saudi Arabia


92) Rabih Soukarieh /CEO

United Gulf Bank

Bank – Bahrain


93) Abdulrahman Bin Saleh Al-Abrah /CEO

Al Ahli Takaful Company

Insurance – Saudi Arabia


94) Guy Sauvage /CEO

Al Meera Consumer Goods Company

Consumer Goods – Qatar


95) Abdulla M. Al Zamil /CEO

Zamil Industrial Investment Company

Industrials – Saudi Arabia


96) Mattar Ali Al Zahrani /CEO

Hail Cement Company

Industry – Saudi Arabia


97) Hamad Bin Ali Al Hedfa /CEO

Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Development

Real Estate – Qatar


98) Abbas Abdul Qader Jalil/ CEO

Insurance – Saudi Arabia


99) Iqbal Hamzeh / CEO

Agthia Group



100) Dr Maha Kobeil /CEO/Dean

Majan College

Education – Oman