Biography: Etisalat’s choice of a chairman for its Egyptian operation was a popular one. Gamal Sadat is the son of Egypt’s third president, Anwar Sadat, who was murdered on 6 October 1981 by a soldier on military parade.
Gamal became a lawyer specialising in litigation the year after his father’s murder. He worked for Al-Kamel Law Office in 6 October City for most of his career. He exchanged legal practice for corporate management, joining Etisalat’s new operation in Egypt, Etisalat Misr, in 2006. Sadat is politically influential despite never having held a senior government position.
On the 25th anniversary of Anwar Sadat’s assassination, he led the commemoration alongside the current president’s son, Gamal Mubarak. His influence has not stopped the telecoms ministry from demanding quarterly financial updates from mid-2008, something that Etisalat has been determined to resist.
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