Qatar First Bank L.L.C. (Public), a leading Shari’ah compliant bank based in Qatar and listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE), announced new appointments in senior management. Appointments come in line with Khalid Al-Khoori’s new human resources strategy to promote and attract Qatari talents to work in QFB. QFB is keen to build a sustainable work environment that attracts national workforce.
New appointments come as part of human resources restructuring drill to best fit QFB new sustainable business model, and to best benefit from local, regional and global economic circumstances.
Commenting on this occasion, Al-Khoori – QFB Acting CEO, said: “QFB is re-aligning its human resources to be well-positioned to attract unique lucrative investment opportunities locally, regionally and globally. Unleashing potentials of local talents will enable QFB to best benefit from local market opportunities and contribute to Qatar Vision 2030.”
Among the new appointments in senior management, three Qatari financial sector talents were appointed to fill senior position vacancies: Sulaiman Al-Salhi appointed Chief Business Officer, Mohammed Al Sahli appointed Head of Corporate Services, and Sara Ali Al-Adba as Acting Head of Human Resources.
Sulaiman Al-Salhi has 24 years of global financial services experience in both, the conventional and Islamic sectors. Over the years, he has acquired considerable expertise in private banking, investment banking, corporate lending and Islamic finance. Prior to joining QFB, Sulaiman was Managing Director and Senior Executive Officer at Bank Sarasin-Alpen (Qatar) LLC. In this role, he headed the private banking team and successfully led the organization through its challenging start-up phase in Qatar. Within three years, the bank established a strong foothold in the country’s private banking sector.
Sulaiman’s success builds upon two decades of experience, which enabled him to assume Head of HSBC-Amanah Islamic finance. During his time with HSBC, Sulaiman was credited with instituting the Amanah Personal Banking, and Corporate and Investment Banking arms of the business.
Mohammed Al-Sahli has joined QFB in 2011 as Head of Investor Relations to establish and manage QFB Investor Relations Department. In 2013, Al-Sahli brought Corporate Communications under his umbrella. In 2015, proven to be a Qatari talent that embodies QFB vision in attracting and keeping Qatari talents, he was appointed Director of Private Banking to bridge and synchronize private banking activities with QFB investor-client database. Today Al-Sahli promoted to Head of Corporate Services, which includes Marketing, Corporate Communications, Investor Relations, and Administration.
Al-Sahli commented: “Since I joined QFB in 2011, I found QFB Board of Directors very sincere in attracting and developing Qatari talents. Today, I can see executive management determined to reflect BoD’s vision towards support of local talents in assuming senior positions appropriate to their skills and spectrum of experience.”
Prior to joining QFB, Al-Sahli worked as corporate communication and investor relation manager in Barwa Real Estate. In this capacity, he had to organize launching events of many subsidiaries, witness Barwa mergers and acquisitions. Ahead of joining Barwa, Al-Sahli assumed the position of investment manager at General Authority for Minor Affairs, a position in which he showed remarkable results and fostered his track-record through managing real estate and stock portfolios.
Al-Sahli added: “In my new role, I’m looking forward to best assist QFB clients and investors. I will also do my best to contribute to achieving QFB strategic objectives.”
Sara Al-Adba joined QFB after working as compensation manager at Ooredoo Qatar. Sara has performed well in evaluating effective compensation programs, analyzing competitive compensation practices, recommending appropriate course corrections to senior management, and proposing development and training programs. She also participated in developing compensation strategy.
Upon joining QFB in 2014, Sara was appointed as Senior HR Manager. In her capacity, Sara worked on aligning QFB human resources to QFB business plans and needs. She also developed succession planning programs; today she is promoted to assume position of Acting Head of Human Resources to
Al-Khoori added: “In QFB, I’m keen to create a sustainable work and business environment that is able to attract and develop local talents to play a bigger role in Qatar financial sector; therefore, these appointments come as first step in our strategic direction towards enriching QFB work environment by skillful Qatari employees. Also, we welcome highly qualified Qataris to join QFB, and offer internships and training programs to Qatari graduates that will help them better understand work environment in banking sector.“