Zain Names Former Wataniya CEO As New Group CEO

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Kuwait based Zain Group has appointed Scott Gegenheimer as the new Chief Executive Officer of Zain Group effective immediately. Mr. Gegenheimer replaces Nabeel Bin Salamah who announced towards the end of October this year that he would not be renewing his contract.

Asaad Al Banwan, Zain Group Chairman said: "Scott Gegenheimer is very capable and experienced leader in the industry and I am confident this appointment will be instrumental to Zain Group reaching the next level of its strategic development."

Al Banwan continued: "He is no stranger to Kuwait and the region, and we believe it shall take very little time for him to become familiar with the Zain culture and start having a material impact on the company's operations."

A US national, Gegenheimer has a 24-year working history in the telecom sector, having spent 10 years in various senior management and leadership positions at regional operators. Gegenheimer has also spent time working for technology heavyweights including Cisco Systems and Motorola, and has also enjoyed a stint in the financial services industry in the USA.

He joined Wataniya in 2002 and was appointed CEO in 2008, resigning from the post in June this year.

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