Company: Etihad Etisalat
Biography: Khaled al-Kaf has overseen Etihad Etisalat from the day it won Saudi Arabia’s second mobile phone licence in 2004.
He was appointed start-up project manager by Etisalat head office in Abu Dhabi. Al-Kaf, a UAE national who has worked for Etisalat since 1987, was promoted to CEO in July 2005, just two months after the firm launched mobile phone services.
Al-Kaf’s background is in engineering rather than finance. His last job at Etisalat in the UAE was as general manager of network services. His entire career in the UAE was spent in operations, where he built his knowledge of networking technology working alongside Etisalat’s main sup-pliers, including French infrastructure group Alcatel and Japanese technology business Fujitsu.
Al-Kaf faces a new challenge this year as the firm is forced to release the number of active customers it services every quarter.
Contact: (+9712) 618 2173
Company website: www.mobily.com.sa