By Claire Ferris-Lay
Chairman of Samba Financial Group picks up CEO Middle East's top award.
Eisa M. Al Eisa, the chairman of the Samba Financial Group, scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award at CEO Middle East’s Saudi Arabia Awards on Sunday.
Eisa M. Al-Eisa has been at the helm of the Samba Financial Group, formerly known as The Saudi American Bank, since 2003. The lender is one of the kingdom’s largest banks and is, according to a recent report by the Union of Arab Banks, the Arab World’s fifth largest lender.
“Through his visionary leadership and ability to capture opportunities and identify challenges, Al-Eissa has managed to realise unprecedented achievements on the local and regional levels that have contributed significantly to the development of the Saudi banking and financial sector,” said the judges.
The awards were organised by Dubai-based ITP Publishing, the publishers of Arabian Business, and recognised 15 CEOs for their contribution to the Saudi economy. Other award winners included Ayman Al Hariri of Saudi Oger, Abdul-Kareem Abu Al-Nasr of the National Commercial Bank and Dr. Ahmed Abbas Sindi, CEO of Etihad Atheeb Telecom.
“These awards show once again that Saudi Arabia’s business community is as vibrant as ever,” said Walid Akawi, CEO of ITP Publishing. “Our winners have all pushed the boundaries of leadership, innovation and sheer determination to succeed, against a backdrop of an extremely challenging financial environment.”
Full list of winners:
Lifetime achievement Award Eisa M. Al Eisa, chairman of Samba Financial Group
Visionary of the Year Dr. Ahmed Abbas Sindi, CEO of Etihad Atheeb Telecom
CEO of the Year Energy Sector Saad Abdullah Al-Khorayef, CEO of Alkhorayef Group
CEO of the Year Banking Sector Abdul-Kareem Abu Al-Nasr, CEO of the National Commercial Bank
CEO of the Year Medical Sector Dr. Walid Fitaihi, CEO of the International Medical Center
CEO of the Year Hospitality & Tourism sector Mr. Musaed Al Said, CEO Al Khozama Management Company(Received the award on his behalf Mr. Eyad Al Yahiya, CFO of AKMC
CEO of the Year Aviation Sector Suliman ِAbdullah Al-Hamdan, CEO of NAS Holding
CEO of the Year Media Sector Fahad Al Sukait, COO of the Rotana Group
Industry Sector AwardEng. Mubarak Bin Abdallah Al-Khafra, chairman of TASNEE
CEO of the Year Financial Services Adeeb Al-Sowailim, CEO of FALCOM Financial Services
CEO of the Year Telecom Sector Eng. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ageel, CEO of The Public Telecommunications Company (Bravo)
CEO of the Year Construction SectorAyman Al Hariri, deputy general manager and board member at Saudi Oger
CEO of the Year Property Development Mr. Majed Al Hogail, CEO of RAFAL Real Estate Development Co.
CEO of the Year IT Sector Rashid M. Al Ballaa, CEO - National Net Ventures (N2V)
CSR AwardAbdullah Al Fozan, CEO of Al Fozan Holding Company