100 most powerful Arab women 2012
Sun 04 Mar 2012 11:26 AM
Ghosson Ghassan Al Khaled
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Ghosson Ghassan Al Khaled

Industry: Construction and Industry

Company: ACICO

Designation: COO

Country: Kuwait

Not content with her engineering degree from the Kuwait University school of Civil Engineering, Ghossan Al Khaled realised that she would need to understand two different sides of the family business if she was to make a success of her career at ACICO Group. So she took two years off work and completed a masters degree in building science from the University of Southern California. Although her role with ACICO was a tough one — Al Khaled found herself managing hotels as well as building them — she quickly climbed the corporate ladder, becoming chief operating officer. And the learning didn’t stop there; Al Khaled completed an MBA in executive management and is now a vital cog in a company that has operations in almost every country in the Gulf.