By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Michael Garin was formerly CEO of Image Nation from February 2011
Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 has announced that former Image Nation CEO Michael Garin will take over as its chief executive.
The CEO position has been vacant since the formation of a board of directors of twofour54 in July 2019 and the appointment of Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak as chairman and former CEO Maryam Eid AlMheiri as vice chair.
Garin has over 50 years of experience as a media executive, and served as CEO of Image Nation from February 2011.
Previously, Garin has held posts at Abu Dhabi Media Company, Time, Fortune and Time-Life Television, as well as US-based independent TV company Lorimar-Telepictures.
“Michael has been a key contributor to the development of the media industry in Abu Dhabi for more than a decade,” Al Mubarak said in a statement. “Michael joins twofour54 at a pivotal time for the media and entertainment industry in Abu Dhabi, with a new chapter about to start for the media zone at the purpose-built new home on Yas Island.”
Other roles he has occupied have included CEO of Central European Media Enterprises and global head of media and telecommunications investment banking for ING.
In the statement, Garin said that twofour54 “will continue the mission to grow the media sector in Abu Dhabi by providing world-class infrastructure and 360-degree support that ensures our creative community can bring their ideas to life and attracts the best in the business from around the world”.
Twofour54 and Image Nation already work closely on a number of projects, including ‘Inheritance’, the world’s first Arabic soap opera.