Board and Management

Dr. Raouf Ghabbour

Dr. Raouf Ghabbour

Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Raouf Ghabbour founded the Ghabbour Group of Companies, which he began incepting in 1985. Dr. Ghabbour began his career working in his family’s auto-related trading business, where he initially established himself in the tire division. Having quickly gained a commendable reputation in the market for his business savvy, Dr. Ghabbour went on to acquire agency agreements from global OEMs, which he transformed into successful businesses. Dr. Ghabbour has grown the Company to a leading automotive assembler and distributor in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mr. Mansour Kabbani

Mr. Mansour Kabbani

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Mansour Kabbani brings more than 30 years of experience to GB Auto, where he joined as VP for project co-ordination in 2015 and currently overseas group investments as well as investor relations. Mr. Kabbani spent a decade working in textile spinning before becoming CFO at Technological and Electrical Systems (TES) for two years. With Dr. Ghabbour and partners, he helped establish CITI in 1997 which later merged with GB Auto. From 1997 to 2015, Mr. Kabbani has run his family investments and accumulated vast experience in capital markets. Mr. Kabbani graduated from AUC in 1981 with a BA in Economics.

Mr. Nader Ghabbour

Mr. Nader Ghabbour

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Nader Ghabbour brings over thirteen years of specialized experience in the automotive industry to his role, which he has cultivated through the managerial and operational positions he has held at GB Auto. Prior to his current role, Mr. Ghabbour served as Group Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for a multitude of vehicular operations in Egypt and the region. Beforehand, he had served as Passenger Car Chief Operating Officer and Project Management Officer Leader. Mr. Ghabbour trained in Mergers and Acquisitions at the London Business School in London. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Boston University, and an MBA from IE Business School, Madrid.

Mr. Mounir Fakhry Abdelnour

Mr. Mounir Fakhry Abdelnour

Independant Board Member

Mr. Mounir Fakhry Abdelnour brings more than 40 years of economy-centric experience to GB Auto’s Board of Directors. Since 1970, he has occupied various high-ranking positions at a number of reputable banking institutions and also served in different ministerial posts, including Minister of Tourism and Minister of Industry and Trade, among others. In 1976, he co-founded American Express Middle East (AMEX), where he served as Vice President and board member until 1980. He was also a founder and Chairman of the Egyptian-French Agro-foods Company between 1983-2014. Throughout his career, Mr. Abdelnour served as a board member at the EGX, the National Council for Human Rights, and the Federation of Egyptian Industries. He currently sits on the board of Commercial International Bank of Egypt (CIB), Beltone Financial, and Domty. As an active participant in Egyptian political life, Mr. Abdelnour headed the opposition bloc in parliament between 2000-2005 and was a member of the time-honored political party Al Wafd from 2005-2011.

Mr. Abbas El Sayed

Mr. Abbas El Sayed

Executive Director

Mr. Abbas El Sayed joined GB Auto in 2014 as Group Vice President Finance. He has 14 years of experience gained from KPMG and Deloitte including 1.5 years in the UK at KPMG UK LLP. Mr. El Sayed has vast experience in corporate finance, restructuring, strategic planning, audit, internal controls, advisory and compliance. He holds a BA in Accounting from Ain Shams University. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the UK and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Mr. Mohamed Naguib

Mr. Mohamed Naguib

Independant Board Member

Mr. Mohamed Naguib has served at the boards of various prominent banks and corporations in Egypt and has accumulated nearly 40 years of experience in the fields of Banking, Leasing and Credit. Between 2011 and 2018, Mr. Naguib was Chairman and Managing Director of SAIB Bank and prior to that as Vice-Chairman and Head of the Credit and Investment Committee at Banque Misr. Mr. Naguib had also served at Misr International (MIBank) for over 20 years as General Manager of Credit and Marketing before joining Incolease as Member of the board from 2000 till 2010. Furthermore, Mr. Naguib served as Non-Executive Chairman of Misr Bank-Europe in Germany for two years as well as his membership of the boards of the National Bank of Egypt, the Civil Aviation Finance Holding Company, and the Small and Medium Sized Projects Fund among many others. Mr. Naguib has attended various banking and credit seminars across the United States and the UK in addition to retaining a CPA certification in the state of Colorado for 12 years. Mr. Naguib holds a bachelor’s in Accounting from Cairo University and an MBA from the American University in Cairo.

Lobna El Dessouky

Lobna El Dessouky

Independant Board Member

Ms. El Dessouky leverages over two decades of professional experience in a wide range of sectors to fulfill her numerous advisory and board roles. She’s currently an independent member of the Advisory Board of Alexandria Business Association Small and Micro Enterprise Project, independent Board and Audit Committee member at Cleopatra Hospital Company, Advisor for the European Bank for Construction and Development’s Enterprise Growth Program and is an Advisor to the Audit Committee at Qalaa Holdings, having served as a member of the committee from December 2012 to 2014. Prior to this, she spent six years as Group Chief Financial Officer at Asec Holding and served on the Group’s board for eight years. Ms. El Dessouky spent most of her career with Coca Cola Egypt, starting as Head Office Financial Controller in 1997 and eventually working her way to Group Chief Financial Officer in 2001 and serving in that post till 2006. She began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as part of the audit staff in 1993, ending her stint at the company as Audit Senior in 1997. She has also been highly involved in teaching since 1997, she worked with Eslsca Business School, Edinburgh Business School, The American University in Cairo (AUC), and The Regional Information Technology Institute (RITI) in association with Maastricht School of Management (MSM). Ms. El Dessouky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Helwan University and an MBA in Management Consultancy from Sheffield University, UK. She is a CPA, CFM, and CMA holder and is also a Member of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners and a Certified Director from the Egyptian Institute of Directors.

Dr. Raouf Ghabbour

Dr. Raouf Ghabbour

Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Raouf Ghabbour, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, is the founder of The Ghabbour Group of Companies, which he began incepting in 1985. Dr. Ghabbour jump-started his career working in his family’s auto-related trading business, where he initially established himself in the tire division. Having quickly gained a commendable reputation in the market for his business savvy, Dr. Ghabbour went on to acquire agency agreements from global OEMs, which he steadfastly turned into successful businesses. Dr. Ghabbour has grown the Company to the leading automotive assembler and distributor in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mr. Nader Ghabbour

Mr. Nader Ghabbour

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Nader Ghabbour brings over thirteen years of specialized experience in the automotive industry to his role, which he has cultivated through the managerial and operational positions he has held at GB Auto. Prior to his current role, Mr. Ghabbour served as Group Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for a multitude of vehicular operations in Egypt and the region. Beforehand, he had served as Passenger Car Chief Operating Officer and Project Management Officer Leader. Mr. Ghabbour trained in Mergers and Acquisitions at the London Business School in London He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Boston University, and an MBA from the IE Business School in Madrid.

Mr. George Sedky

Mr. George Sedky

Chief Human Resources Officer

Mr. George Sedky has two decades of experience in personnel management, having held positions in the Human Resources divisions of several major corporations. He has a long track record of success in recruiting and gaining top talent, organizational transformation, and building cultures of engagement. He was successful in re-engineering GB Auto’s Human Resources department goals and practices, aligning them with the Group’s strategic business goals. He is specialized in strategic management and planning; directing all HR functions; introducing new methodologies that maximize performance through training and development; compensation and benefits; and organizational development. He holds a BSc. In Aerospace Engineering from Cairo University and an MBA with an HR Specialization from Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport.

Mr. Wissam Al-Adany

Mr. Wissam Al-Adany

Chief Information Technology Officer

Mr. Wissam Al-Adany joined GB Auto in 2014 and brings with him over 19 years of experience in information technology management, including four years of international experience in Brazil, France and Kazakhstan. Prior to joining GB Auto, Mr. Al-Adany served as Group Chief Information Technology Officer of the Americana Group — whose major shareholder is the multinational Al Kharafi Conglomerate — where he managed the Group’s IT Operations for 15 companies. He started his career with GlaxoSmithKline as a Senior Systems Engineer, and from there moved on to Lafarge as Country IT Director for four years. Mr. Al-Adany has deep techno-functional knowledge in all facets of IT and a robust track record in IT infrastructure management, service delivery, ERP implementation and techno-commercial support. He holds a BSc in Communications & Electronics Engineering from Ain Shams University in Cairo, and an MBA from the American University in Cairo.

Ms. Cherine Kallal

Ms. Cherine Kallal

Senior Vice President Business Development & CEO Support

Ms. Cherine Kallal joined GB Auto in November 2011 and currently spearheads the Group’s Business Development Division in her capacity as Senior Vice President Business Development. She is responsible for overseeing the successful execution of business development initiatives and strategic projects as part of the Group’s growth strategy. She also directs the Group’s China based unit. In January 2016, Ms.Kallal was appointed as CEO Support in addition to her Business Development role, where she directly supports the Group’s CEO in designated operational and organizational tasks. In her roles, she is a member of the Group’s Executive Committee and Management Steering Committees. A diligent and results-oriented strategist with strong experience in structured planning and cross-functional management; Ms. Kallal spent several years in the Telecom services sector where she served in several roles prior to joining GB Auto Group. Ms. Kallal holds a BSC in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University in UK.

Mrs. Odette Gamil

Mrs. Odette Gamil

Senior Vice-President, Internal Audit

Mrs. Odette Gamil joined GB Auto in September 2013 as Senior Vice President – CEO Assistant. She brings 22 years of experience in finance and internal audit in multinational companies. Prior to joining GB Auto, Mrs. Gamil spent five years at Heineken Egypt as Head of Internal Audit, where she was responsible for auditing the company’s operations in Egypt as well as offices across Africa and the Middle East. Prior to this, she spent nine years with Nestle Egypt across multiple functions including budgeting and reporting, financial analysis, cost analysis, and cost control.

Auto and Auto Related


Mr. Ramez Adeeb

Mr. Ramez Adeeb

Chief Manufacturing Officer

Mr. Ramez Adeeb joined GB Auto in 1995, holding a number of positions and gaining experience in functions including planning, engineering, and quality control until he left the company in 2001 for a position as a project manager at RITEC Consultancy. Mr. Adeeb rejoined GB Auto in 2003, garnering additional experience in the segments of localization management, aggregate planning, sales technical support, industrial projects management and, finally, the group technical support directorship. Mr. Adeeb graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Cairo University’s Mechanical Engineering Department in 1993. He served as a Research Assistant in Rotor Dynamics and Vibration at Cairo University from 1994-95. He earned an MBA in Marketing Management from the Netherlands’ Maastricht School of Management in 2005.

Mr. Abbas El Sayed

Mr. Abbas El Sayed

Senior Vice President Finance

Mr. Abbas El Sayed joined GB Auto in 2014 as Group Vice President Finance. He has 14 years of experience gained from KPMG and Deloitte including 1.5 years in the UK at KPMG UK LLP. Mr. El Sayed has vast experience in corporate finance, restructuring, strategic planning, audit, internal controls, advisory and compliance. He holds a BA in Accounting from Ain Shams University. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the UK and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Mr. Ghassan Kabbani

Mr. Ghassan Kabbani

Chief Operating Officer of Two- and Three-Wheelers

Mr. Ghassan Kabbani brings more than 30 years’ experience to GB Auto. He first worked in the family textile business from 1980 through 1994, when he left to join T.E.S. sheet metal. In 1996, together with Dr. Ghabbour and other partners, he established CITI (a 2- and 3-Wheeler company). In 2007 CITI merged with GB Auto, at which time Mr. Kabbani joined the company. Mr. Kabbani graduated from AUC in 1979 with a BA in Economics and Business Administration.

Mr. Karim Gaddas

Mr. Karim Gaddas

Group Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Karim Gaddas joined GB Auto in 2015 as Chief Executive Officer of Tires, boasting 20 years of experience in general management, operations, and sales and marketing. In the last 16 years he occupied various positions at Pirelli that included headquarter-level roles in Milan and regional-level roles in Paris, Cairo, Alexandria, and Dubai. In addition to being the Global Sales Director for BU trucks, the CEO of the company’s Middle East and India operations, and the CEO of African and Egyptian operations, Mr. Gaddas also served as Pirelli’s Vice Chairman. He was also a member of the board at the Alexandria Tire Company for eight years. Mr. Gaddas began his career in 1996 at Gewiss, an electrical materials company based in Bergamo, Italy, where he was the Area Manager for Central America, the Middle East, and Africa. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the Sup de Co Montpellier in France and an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy.

Mr. Ahmed Fathy

Mr. Ahmed Fathy

SVP Tires

Mr. Ahmed Fathy brings over sixteen years of experience in the automotive and engineering fields to his role at GB Auto. Prior to his current role, he served across a plethora of positions at the Group, which include VP Commercial Vehicles in the Heavy Trucks, Trailers and Superstructure Department, as well as Division Head B2B, Trucks Sales Manager B2B and Trucks Senior Sales Engineer B2B for Volvo. Before joining GB Auto, Mr. Fathy held the position of Sales Engineer at Cairo Hydraulic Group. He has a BSc. in Engineering from the faculty of Engineering in Zagazig University, and a mini-MBA in management from the Knowledge Academy.

Mr. Ibrahim Naguib

Mr. Ibrahim Naguib

Chief Operating Officer of Passenger Car Operations

Mr. Ibrahim Naguib has accumulated over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry. Mr. Naguib currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of the Passenger Car Operations where he is responsible for both Sales and After Sales operations. Mr. Naguib first joined GB Auto in 2003 as the Tires Department General Manager where he managed to double the business turnover in a period of three years. In 2007, he took charge of the Commercial Vehicles business where he managed to grow sales volumes and expand market share. In 2009, he assumed the role of Sales and Marketing Director for the Hyundai and Mazda franchises. After briefly relocating abroad, Mr. Naguib returned to GB Auto in 2016 where he was appointed SVP of the Passenger Cars sales operations where under his leadership, market share surged to an unprecedented 36%. Mr. Naguib holds a BA from the American International University in London, UK and an MBA from the Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands.

Eng. Sameh Ali

Eng. Sameh Ali

Chief Operating Officer for Commercial Vehicles and Construction Equipment

Sameh Ali started his career with a British mining company for four years after which he joined GB Auto as a service manager for Commercial Vehicles where he worked his way up to After Sales Head. In 2014, he was tasked with managing Sales as well as After Sales operations. In addition to his responsibilities, Sameh was appointed in 2017 Managing Director of GB Polo bus manufacturing company, where he oversaw a successful company turn around by end of 2018. Sameh holds a degree in mechanical engineering, as well as MBA degree from Faculty of Business and Innovation at Toledo University, USA.

GB Capital


Mr. Ahmed Ossama

Mr. Ahmed Ossama

GB Capital Head of Finance, Haram Tourism and Drive Chairman and MD

Mr. Ahmed Ossama holds the position of GB Capital Head of Finance and Chairman and MD of Haram Tourism. He has under his belt over two decades of experience in accounting and finance across a broad range of industries, including telecoms, petroleum, manufacturing, mining, and financial institutions. He holds a BA in Accounting from Helwan University.

Mr. Sherif Tawadros

Mr. Sherif Tawadros

Senior Vice President Finance

Mr. Tawadros is currently the Senior Vice President Finance for GB Capital. He has under his belt over 29 years of experience in the field of finance in Treasury & Cash Management, Banking, Leasing Company Portfolio Management, Financial & Strategic planning. He holds a BA in Business Administration and MBA from the American University in Cairo.

Mr. Sherif Sabry

Mr. Sherif Sabry

GB Lease Chairman and MD

Mr. Sherif Sabry is the Chairman and MD of GB Lease, having held the post since 2008 when he was appointed to manage the restructuring of the company upon GB Auto Group’s acquisition of the firm under its financing arm. He has been a member of the GB Auto family since 1995 in several capacities, including Group Treasury Division Head and Group Treasury Director. He holds a BA of Commerce from Cairo University and an MBA in Finance and Banking from Maastricht School of Management. He is also a graduate of the Chase Manhattan Bank Credit Program.

Mr. Mounir Nakhla

Mr. Mounir Nakhla

Mashroey and Tasaheel Co-founder and MD

Mr. Mounir Nakhla is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Tasaheel, leveraging his entrepreneurial drive, calculated management style and hands-on problem-solving to grow the company to the positioning it holds today. Prior to his establishment of Tasaheel, he founded Mashroey, Egypt’s fastest growing asset-based microfinance company, and assumed the role of Managing Director in 2009. He was part of EQI’s growth story, holding several positions with the company and bookending his career there as Managing Partner in 2008. Mr. Nakhla holds a BSc. in International Business Studies from the European Business School and an MSc in Environment & Development from the London School of Economics.