By Anil Bhoyrul
Eugene Kaspersky and Arabtec's Ziad Makhzoumi take special awards at annual show
Samba Financial Chairman Eisa Al Eisa on Tuesday received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 CEO Middle East Awards. [photos]
The event at the Armani Hotel, Dubai saw Eisa acknowledged for his work at the Saudi lender, which opened in 1980.
The highlight of the evening was the award of two special honours made to Russian billionaire Eugene Kaspersky and Arabtec Holding chief financial officer Ziad Makhzoumi.
Kaspersky, who flew in from Moscow for the event, made a speech on his war against cybercrime, before later picking up an award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Business’.
The judges said the award recognised the businessman had he “done more than almost anyone on the planet” in the battle for online security.
Arabtec’s Makhzoumi scooped the ‘Special Recognition Award’ in recognition of his tireless behind-the-scenes work at the UAE’s biggest building company, the judges said.
The year’s event saw a total of 15 awards handed out to top executives at firms such as Virgin Megastore, UAE telco du, healthcare giant GE Middle East and homegrown hospitality firm Rotana Hotels.
Full list of winners:
Lifetime Achievement - Eisa Al Eisa, Samba Financial Group
Outstanding Contribution to Business - Eugene Kaspersky, Kapersky Group
Special Recognition Award - Ziad Makzoumi, Arabtec Holding
Female CEO of the Year - Nisreen Shocair, Virgin Megastore, MENA
Banking CEO of the Year - V Shankar, Standard Chartered
Retail CEO of the Year, Partrick Chalhoub, Chalhoub Group
Young CEO of the Year - Iskander Najjar, Alpari
Visionary of the Year - Jamal Lootah, Imdaad
Telecoms CEO of the Year - Osman Sultan, Du
Insurance CEO of the Year - Tariq AL-Fayez, Elite Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers
Corporate Social Responsibility - Qtel
Healthcare CEO of the Year - Nabil Habayeb, GE Middle East
Hospitality CEO of the Year - Selim El Zyr, Rotana Hotels
Aviation CEO of the Year - Ghaith Al Ghaith, Flydubai
Construction CEO of the Year - Andrew Elias, Kelee Contracting