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. Mostafa El Mahdi
Executive Board Member and Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Mostafa El Mahdi brings to GB Auto 22 years of experience at KPMG, where he joined in 1990 before being promoted to Partner in 2001. While there, he was Head of the Manufacturing and Consumer Market line of business and the Responsible Partner for Audit Efficiency. Mr. El Mahdi has also worked as Chief Internal Auditor and Advisor to the President of the Board of Directors for IGI. He has extensive experience in restructuring projects and transaction services, including due diligence and mergers & acquisitions. Mr. El Mahdi holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a focus in Accounting from Cairo University and is a Fellow of the Egyptian Society of Accountants and Auditors, as well as a Member of the American Institute of Accounts and Auditors.
Mr. Nader Ghabbour
Executive Board Member and Group Chief Operating Officer
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.
Mrs. Amal Ragheb
Chief Operating Officer of Financing Businesses and Chief Credit Risk Officer
Mrs. Ragheb joined GB Auto in October 2009 as Chief Operating Officer of Financing Businesses. She is responsible for all of the Group’s financing business activities — Leasing, Microfinance, Consumer Finance and Factoring — and holds the position of Executive Chairman for each of the aforementioned entities. Mrs. Ragheb is also the Chief Credit Risk Officer, in charge of all credit risk management policies and applications for the Group. A seasoned hands-on and results-oriented banker with a proven track record spanning over 33 years, Mrs. Ragheb joined GB Auto from Mashreq Bank, Dubai / UAE, where she held the position of Senior Vice President, Risk Management for two years. While at Mashreq Bank, Dubai / UAE, Mrs. Ragheb spearheaded new international growth initiatives, moving from its branch in Egypt where she was CEO & Country Manager for 4 years, during which time she restructured and revamped the bank, setting forth its future growth strategies in the country.
Mrs. Ragheb started her banking career with Bank of America where she spent 23 years, holding a series of positions in Cairo and Dubai. She rose to become Bank of America’s Country Manager and CEO for Egypt, as well as Regional Manager for the MENA Region, Turkey, and Africa, in which capacity she managed and set the Bank’s strategies for the subject markets and oversaw the Bank’s global business in the region. During her tenure at Bank of America, she was awarded the “Deal Team Honor of Excellence,” as well as the “Best Contact Officer of the Year.”Chief Operating Officer of Financing Businesses and Chief Credit Risk Officer
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. Haytham Abou Taleb
Chief Internal Audit Officer
Mr. Haytham Abou Taleb brings to GB Auto over 17 years of experience in the review of governance, risks, and internal controls. Prior to joining GB Auto, he served as Group Internal Audit Manager at AW Rostamani Holding LLC – UAE; Group Internal Auditor at Al Futtaim Holding LLC – UAE; and Senior Internal Auditor at Social Fund for Development – (UNDP) – EGYPT. He is a specialist in internal control and governance
processes review; compliance and continuous auditing; business process improvement and cost saving practices; fraud detection / investigation; and data mining and systems / business applications general controls review. Mr. Abou Taleb is experienced in the automotive, financial services, retail, insurance, construction sectors and holding companies in the MENA region. He graduated from the Faculty of Commerce at Ain Shams University and holds a postgraduate degree in Banking, Credit Management from AUC. He is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Internal Controls Auditor, member of the Institute of Internal Auditors – USA, the Internal Control Institute – USA, and the Association of Fraud Examiners – UAE Chapter.
Mrs. Menatalla Sadek
Chief Investment Officer
Mrs. Menatalla Sadek joined GB Auto in December 2011 to lead the creation of an in-house corporate finance department to screen, initiate and conclude merger and acquisition transactions as part of the company’s growth strategy. Mrs. Sadek is also directing the firm’s investor relations activities. She is a member of the company’s Executive Committee and a regular attendee of the firm’s board meetings. Mrs. Sadek brings with her more than a decade of experience in the investment field in Egypt and Europe. She was head of consumer goods research at regional investment bank Beltone Financial, where she was part of the team that helped take GB Auto public. Previously, she was in Sweden with Standard & Poor’s European Rating Team, and was earlier Assistant Corporate Manager at Barclays Bank. Sadek is a CFA Charterholder.
Mr. Ossama El Awady
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Mr. Ossama El Awady joined GB Auto in 2014 and comes with more than 17 years of multinational experience within the Supply Chain. Mr. El Awady worked in different roles across the supply chain at Unilever from 1997 (post-graduation) until joining GB Auto. His most recent role was in Global Material Procurement. Mr. El Awady has multi-function experience (R&D, manufacturing, supply chain logistics, planning, warehousing and procurement), as well as cross regional supply chain experience, where he has led teams both remotely and physically in manufacturing, planning & logistics, and procurement, across regions of Africa, Turkey, the Middle East and Russia. He has a track record of setting regional & global strategies, as well as seamless execution, especially in start-up operations and emerging businesses. Mr. El Awady is an industrial engineer graduate from Alexandria University.
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. 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.