Company: MGT Group
Designation: Founder and Chairman
MGT Group was established in 1988 in Dubai with a mission to become the region’s leading supply house for seamless procurement services.
Thirty years later, MGT is represented in 11 countries, calling on a 1,500-strong team that has a wide range of skill sets and enjoys a very high rating of credibility in the financial sector.
MGT’s main areas of business include construction, joinery, logistics support, shipping, oil and gas supplies, safety, security and surveillance. MGT also works in close consonance with the UN on turnkey missions.
Ashok Puri is the man behind this three-decade march toward global influence. The Kenyan national of Indian origin earned his degree from the University of Delhi in Business and International Affairs, then did his ACCA from London and is today a Fellow of the British Institute of Management.
In 1975 he joined the well-known Mehta Group in Kenya and worked with them till 1981. He was instrumental in setting up the South Nuanza Sugar in Awendo in Kenya in 1979. Before that he jumpstarted his career working with the World Bank in Kenya.
He set up Maitha General Trading (MGT) in the 1980s in Dubai, fast-tracking it to becoming a multi-purpose entity. Puri became known as a hands-on leader who would travel to war zones if necessary to set up his services and be with his teams. This trait has given him great loyalty, a dependable support staff, and has become the trademark for MGT in delivering on its promises and constantly pursuing excellence.
Rugged determination and patience have become key management objectives for MGT operations”