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Samba chief wins Lifetime Achievement at CEO Awards

Eugene Kaspersky and Arabtec's Ziad Makhzoumi take special awards at annual show

Samba chief wins Lifetime Achievement at CEO Awards
Eugene Kaspersky won the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Business’ award
Samba chief wins Lifetime Achievement at CEO Awards
Russian billionaire Eugene Kaspersky won the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Business’ award
Samba chief wins Lifetime Achievement at CEO Awards

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