By Staff writer
Brigadier Abdulla Mohamed Al Mulla and Colm McLoughlin lead the list of award winners at the gala event celebrating leadership
Some of the region’s most noted business leaders were honoured at the CEO Awards at a gala event on Wednesday Night.
Fifteen of the Middle East’s finest executives were presented with awards at the lavish ceremony at Emirates Towers in Dubai, with Spark Group chairman Brigadier Abdulla Mohamed Al Mulla picking up the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.
Another prominent figure in business – Dubai Duty Free executive vice chairman Colm McLoughlin – was handed the award for Outstanding Contribution to Business, while former Arabtec CFO Ziad Makhzoumi won Healthcare CEO of the Year for his work as the head of fertility clinic Fakih IVF.
Chairman of Wasl, His Excellency Hesham Abdullah Al Qassim was recognised as Real Estate CEO of the Year, while Majida Ali Rashid of Dubai Land Department won Female CEO of the Year, and PepsiCo boss Omar Farid picked up Consumer Goods CEO of the year.
The evening also featured a keynote speech by the UN’s UAE representative, His Excellence Sayed Aqa.
Editor of CEO Middle East, Neil King, said: “Nights like this show just how high the quality of business leadership is across the Middle East, not to mention varied.
“Being able to recognise and celebrate the achievements of so many big names, as well as some who are making waves early in their career, is a privilege for CEO Middle East, and we look forward to seeing how this group of winners will shape the business landscape in the next 12 months.”
The CEO Awards was presented by du, alongside platinum sponsor Dubai Chamber, gold sponsors Al Tamimi & Co and Skyline University, and silver sponsor Moorland Gray.
Full list of winners
Lifetime Achievement Award: Brigadier Abdulla Mohamed Al Mulla
Outstanding Contribution to Business: Colm McLoughlin, Dubai Duty Free
Healthcare CEO of the Year: Ziad Makhzoumi, Fakih IVF
Real Estate CEO of the Year: His Excellency Hesham Abdullah Al Qassim, Wasl
Female CEO of the Year: Majida Ali Rashid, Dubai Land Department
Consumer Goods CEO of the Year: Omar Farid, PepsiCo
Retail CEO of the Year: Anan Fakhreddin, Damas
CEO of the Year, Law: Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout, DLA Piper
E-Commerce CEO of the Year: Ronaldo Mouchawar, souq.com
Telecoms CEO of the Year: Ahmed Mekky, GBI
Construction CEO of the Year: Bob Hope, SSH
Real Estate Borkerage CEO of the Year: Mahendra Singh, SPF Realty
Outsourcing CEO of the Year: Mahesh Shahdadpuri, TASC Outsourcing
Small Business CEO of the Year: Sarah Appleton, Mini Exchange
Young CEO of the Year: Mohammed Abdulsalam, MENA Holding