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Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani was appointed as Group CEO of Ooredoo in November 2015.
Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani joined Ooredoo (when it was Qtel) in 1990. Since then, Sheikh Saud has gained a wide range of experience in internal communications, personnel administration, human resources and policies and procedures.
During his time at Ooredoo, he has served as Assistant GM Human Resources, Director of Internal Communications, and Executive Director, General Services. He has handled key projects like the restructuring of the organization in 1998, the structure review in 2000 and the job evaluation and compensation review with Ooredoo’s auditors KPMG. In 2005, Sheikh Saud was appointed Executive Director of Special Businesses, which saw him and his unit handle Ooredoo’s cable television, payphone, yellow pages, directory and coast station services. In 2007, he was named Executive Director of Group HR. He was also a member of the Ooredoo Steering Committee for the Doha Asian Games Organizing Committee.
Sheikh Saud became CEO of Ooredoo Qatar in 2011. He has led Ooredoo Qatar to build on its position as the country’s preferred communications provider and has supported the expansion of its product and service portfolio, in addition to making Qatar one of most successful and consistent markets in the group. Ooredoo Qatar’s strong market performance was illustrated by the 2012 capture of over two-thirds of Qatar’s overall market revenue growth, half of the mobile market revenue growth, and four-fifths of all new mobile customers – success that continued throughout his tenure as CEO.
In addition, he is holding key positions across Ooredoo Group, including Chairman of the Board for Ooredoo Kuwait; Vice Chairman of the Board for Ooredoo Oman; and Vice Chairman of the Board for Asiacell. Also, he currently serves on the Boards of Silatech and INJAZ Qatar/INJAZ Al Arab.
Sheikh Saud has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Western International University, in Phoenix, Arizona. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani holds a Master's Degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Qatar University. Sheikh Mohammed previously worked in Ooredoo’s Finance Department as Director of Financial Operations, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Director, Budget and Decision Support, and Deputy Chief Officer, Finance.
Sheikh Mohammed has made several contributions to the field of finance and accounting, through his work in Ooredoo’s Finance Department, and also through his work as a member of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, where he has promoted the profession of accountancy in the State of Qatar and its important role in developing the country's economy. Sh. Mohammed also currently holds the position of Ooredoo Algeria Chairman.
Ajay Bahri has been Chief Financial Officer of Ooredoo Group since November 2007. In his role, he looks after Ooredoo Group’s investments, treasury, accounting services, financial systems and control, and telecom economics.
Ajay is also on the Board of Directors at Ooredoo Group companies including Asiacell, Raywood Incorporation, Wataniya Telecom Maldives Pvt Limited, and wi-tribe Limited.
Before joining Ooredoo Group, he worked for the professional services firm Ernst & Young, UAE-based communications company Etisalat, and chemicals and materials company W.R. Grace and Co.
Ajay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy from India, and a Master’s degree in Engineering from MIT. He is also certified as a Chartered Management Accountant in the UK, a Chartered Accountant in India, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (non-practicing) in the US.
Christian Linhart was appointed Ooredoo Group Chief Procurement Officer in February 2016, after a successful period as Ooredoo’s Executive Director of Group Procurement.
Christian first joined Ooredoo in 2015 and has played a key role in the company’s ongoing organisational transformation programme, which aims to align Ooredoo’s local procurement and sourcing strategies more closely with its global capabilities.
He has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a procurement specialist, and in the last 10 years has secured more than 15 major procurement projects in the telecommunications space in three continents.
Before joining Ooredoo, Christian was Deputy Group CPO in MobileTelesystems (MTS). He also served on the Board of selected MTS operating companies. Prior to that, he worked in top-tier management consulting companies, McKinsey and A.T. Kearney, finishing in the role of Principal.
Christian has more than 18 years’ experience in the procurement field, and has received a number of significant industry awards, including a 2012 Global Procurement Leader Award, and the Russian Procurement Transparency Award, in 2011 and 2012.
He has a Joint Master’s degree in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany and he has also spent a year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
Hans Kuropatwa is the Group Chief Mergers and Acquisitions Officer for Ooredoo Group and has worked with the company since 2010.
Hans has extensive experience in the mergers and acquisitions area and has been actively involved in Ooredoo’s inorganic growth as well as the bidding for greenfield operations.
Prior to this appointment, Hans was the Acting Chief of Group Strategy.
Mr. Kuropatwa has more than 25 years of telecommunication experience and has held several high-level positions throughout his career including Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Sweden and Group Regional Managing Director of Vodafone.
Mr. Kuropatwa holds a B.Sc. from Imperial College London in Engineering and an M.B.A. from Manchester Business School in Business Administration.
He is also a board member in Indosat Ooredoo and Ooredoo Myanmar.
Andrew Kvålseth was appointed Group Chief Commercial Officer at Ooredoo in September 2018. He is leading Ooredoo Group’s sales, marketing, and digital transformation activities globally.
Prior to his current role, Andrew was the Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Digital Officer at dtac, a mobile operator in Thailand.
He was also the founder and CEO of Line Mobile, a digital mobile network service, done in collaboration with Line, the dominant social network in Thailand.
Andrew joined dtac from Telenor group, where he worked as Chief Strategy Officer and Head of M&A in Telenor Digital, and was on the Board of multiple Telenor Group companies. Before Telenor, Andrew worked in the private equity group of Bain & Company.
Andrew holds an M.B.A. with distinction from the University of Oxford.
He is also a board member in Indosat Ooredoo.
Hassan Marafiah is Group Chief Officer – Small and Medium Business since January 2019.
Prior to this position, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Ooredoo’s Subsidiary Starlink, Qatar’s premium communications and media retail and logistics business. He held this position from November 2011 until December 2018, leading the company’s transformation and turning it around to become one of Qatar’s major players.
Mr. Hassan joined Ooredoo in 1987 and held several important positions in several departments, including Senior Director in Business solutions Department (2006 - 2011), where he was actively involved in major projects, showing excellent leadership and landing mega projects such as Hamad International Airport.
His previous positions included also Director in Residential Wireline Services, and Senior Sales Manager in Mobile Services.