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Ooredoo Oman appoints Noor al Sulaiti as new CEO

22 May 2021

Qatar-based Ooredoo Group has announced the appointment of Noor al Sulaiti as the new chief executive officer of Oman Qatari Telecommunications Company (Ooredoo Oman) effective from May 20, 2021, succeeding Ian Dench who resigned recently.

Noor, who is now the first female CEO in one of Ooredoo Group’s key markets, has been working with Ooredoo Group in Qatar since 2004, most recently as the CEO of Starlink, an Ooredoo Group subsidiary company.

In her latest role as the CEO of Starlink, Noor made a considerable impact on the market by rebranding and expanding the portfolio and capability of the company to compete in e-commerce, retail and ICT, Ooredoo Oman said in a disclosure filed to the Muscat Stock Exchange. Previously, she was the general manager of Phono and Fasttelco in Kuwait, the disclosure added.

Starlink is part of Ooredoo Group and is a leading retail chain for mobile and accessories as well as an IT service provider in Qatar.

Noor had a wealth of experience and expertise gained over 17 years of progressive and rotational roles in the telecom industry. She holds a bachelor degree in computer science from Qatar University, Doha and an MBA in strategic management with a distinction from the Plymouth University, London. Noor is also a PINRICE 2 Practitioner, a project management qualification widely used in Europe.

Noor is succeeding Dench, who recently resigned as the CEO of Ooredoo Oman after a successful career spanning 15 years within Ooredoo Group. Dench had joined Ooredoo Oman in January 2017 and he previously worked for Ooredoo Qatar.

As Ooredoo Oman embarks on a new era, Noor is anticipated to steer the next phase of its strategy. This will be centred on driving the country’s digital transformation, nurturing the development of its people, and catering to its ever-evolving communications needs as it realises the goals of Oman’s 2040 Vision, the company said.

Along with appointing a new chief executive for Ooredoo Oman, Ooredoo Group has also announced the appointment of Bassam Yousef al Ibrahim as the CEO of Ooredoo Algeria, effective May 20, 2021.

In a statement posted on Ooredoo Group website, Sheikh Faisal bin Thani al Thani, chairman of Ooredoo Group, said, “I am very happy to announce the appointment of two of our outstanding talents to lead our companies in Oman and Algeria. These appointments come as part of our strategy to continue to invest in our finest people as we push forward with our digital transformation journey and create a more modern, efficient and agile way of work. I am particularly proud of the appointment of the first female CEO, one of many Ooredoo female leaders who have stepped up and delivered during the most difficult times. Congratulations to the new CEOs. I wish them success during their tenure.”

Ooredoo Group is an international communications company operating across ten countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia.

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