EXCLUSIVE: Aabar boss appointed Arabtec chairman

Khadem Al Qubaisi appointed chairman of builder that Aabar is now single biggest shareholder of
EXCLUSIVE: Aabar boss appointed Arabtec chairman
Khadem Al Qubaisi, chairman of Aabar and Arabtec.
By Elizabeth Broomhall
Tue 08 May 2012 05:53 PM

Dubai construction giant Arabtec Holding has appointed Aabar Investments' Khadem Al Qubaisi as its new chairman, sources told Arabian Business.

He replaces Ibrahim Belselah, whose resignation has been accepted after just eight months in the position.

Al Qubaisi, who is currently also chairman of Aabar, was one of four executives from the Abu Dhabi investment vehicle recently nominated to Arabtec’s board.

The founder of Arabtec, Riad Kamal, has been voted as vice chairman.

Sovereign fund Aabar raised its stake in Arabtec to 10.45 percent last month, making it the largest shareholder in the company. That move came just weeks after Aabar boosted its holding to 5.3 percent.

Following Aabar's second shareholding increase, Arabtec's CEO Riad Kamal said he did not expect any management changes.

Whether the Aabar stake is “10 percent or 20 or 40 or 50 it’s the same for us,” he told reporters at an Arabtec shareholder meeting, Bloomberg reported.

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