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 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 started his career at GB Auto as a showroom sales representative for the passenger car division. He worked his way up to running the daily sales operations within the show room and later assumed the role of showroom sales supervisor and manager. Mr. Ghabbour’s managerial capabilities were proven when he took on the more strategic role of managing the business-to-business arm of the passenger car segment. He currently serves as the chief operating officer for the passenger car division, managing the passenger car sales and after-sales functions, regional operations, and the Motorcycle and Three-Wheeler operations. Mr. Ghabbour graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Boston University.
Dr. Walid Sulaiman Abanumay has been the Managing Director of Al-Mareefa Al Saudia Company since 1997, where he oversees investments in both developed and emerging markets. Mr. Abanumay has held several executive roles: between February 1993 and January 1994, he was the General Manager of the Investment Department of the Abanumay Commercial Center; between November 1990 and February 1993, he worked in the Treasury and Corporate Banking department of SAMBA. Mr. Abanumay is a board member of several prominent companies, including: Madinet Nasr for Housing and Development (since 1998), Raya Holding (since 2005), and Beltone Financial.
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. Sherif Samy currently serves on the board of several companies, including a post as Non-executive Chairman of the National Asset Management & Investment SAE, and on the Investment Board of the State Pension Funds and the Waqf Authority. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the UAE Securities & Commodities Authority. Most recently, he completed a four-year term as head of Egypt’s Financial Regulatory Authority after having spent two consecutive terms on the board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions and serving on the board of the CBE and its Monetary Policy Committee for four years. Prior to that, he was a board member for Banque Du Caire and was appointed for several consecutive terms to the board of Egypt’s GAFI. He has a long track record in investment management and consulting, having spent years working in the fields both in Egypt and other parts of the Arab world. He holds a BA from Alexandria University’s Faculty of Commerce.
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 started his career at GB Auto as a showroom sales representative for the passenger car division. He worked his way up to running the daily sales operations within the show room and later assumed the role of showroom sales supervisor and manager. Mr. Ghabbour’s managerial capabilities were proven when he took on the more strategic role of managing the business-to-business arm of the passenger car segment. He currently serves as the chief operating officer for the passenger car division, managing the passenger car sales and after sales functions, regional operations, and the Motorcycle and Three-Wheeler operations. Mr. Ghabbour graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Boston University.
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 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.
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 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 part of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the UK and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
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 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 Ossama bolds 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. 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.
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.