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Zain boss named CFO of the Year at Dubai awards

Sam Deeb credited with driving the firm's growth from single operator to group of 24 operators.

Sam Deeb, the Kuwaiti telecom firm
Zain

’s financial chief, was named CFO of the Year at an annual awards ceremony in Dubai on Sunday.

Deeb was described by the judging panel as a “trusted guide, influential mentor and strategic executive who has been instrumental in the turnaround of his company.”

The CFO was credited with being the main driver behind the firm’s growth over the past seven years from being a single operator to a conglomerate of 24 mobile operations across the Middle East and Africa.

Earlier this week,
Zain

was named the best mobile operator in the Middle East in the third annual Telecoms World Awards Middle East in Dubai, organised by Terrapinn.

The CFO Strategies Event, organised by the business information company naseba is in its third year.

Two CFOs - Ziad Makhzoumi of Arabtec, and Muwaffaq Jamal of Aziza Panda – were shortlisted for its Revolutionary CFO of the Year award.

The Hall of Fame award was given to Tareq Al Sadhan, CFO of KPMG Saudi for his “extraordinary” leadership.

The Excellence in Finance, Private Sector award was taken home by John Michael Wartig, Group Director Finance, Al Futtaim Private Company LLC.

Finally, the Excellence in Finance, Public Sector award was given to James Rigney, CFO, Etihad Airways for “achieving growth in a cycle where colleagues faced decline.”

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