Zain Assigns Sultan Al Deghaither as CEO

Zain Assigns Sultan Al Deghaither as CEO

Monday, 16 April, 2018 - 09:00
Zain newly-appointed CEO Sultan al-Deghaither (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Riyadh- Asharq Al Awsat
Mobile Telecommunication Company Saudi Arabia (Zain) announced that its Board of Directors, on Sunday approved the resignation of its CEO, Peter Kaliaropoulos to make way for the Sultan al-Deghaither to lead the company.

Zain also indicated that as of July 1, Deghaither will be the CEO as part of succession planning to talented and experienced Saudi executives and consistent with government policy initiatives.

Zain Chairman Prince Naif bin Sultan bin Mohammed, on behalf of the Board and the company, stated that Kaliaropoulos led Zain in delivering its first ever net profit and accelerated a customer-focused operating culture and the development of Saudi talent.

Prince Naif extended his sincere appreciation to Kaliaropoulos for his efforts and contribution to the transformation of Zain.

The Prince welcomed the appointment of Deghaither and said, “Sultan Al Deghaither is a talented executive having worked his way up the organization ladder. He will take over the leadership of the company with tremendous operational, technical and customer management expertise having led many complex projects that repositioned Zain Saudi as a company of reference for data quality and service in Saudi. The Board has the utmost confidence in his leadership skills to continue growing Zain Saudi in the future.”

Deghaither started his journey with Zain Saudi when the company itself had just begun its operations, as radio planning and optimization manager in 2009 where he participated in building the engineering department. Moreover, he was instrumental in leading the commercial launch of the first 4G Network in Saudi Arabia back in 2011.

Among his many achievements, Deghaither led one of the biggest projects in Zain Saudi history (Project Reload) with a total investment of SR4.5 billion. He was appointed as chief technology officer after the successful completion of the project. Thereafter he was appointed as chief operating officer with the added responsibility of regulatory affairs as well as innovation and digital transformation.

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