Executive Management

Salman Alhokair

Vice Chairman and Managing Director

Salman Alhokair

Salman Alhokair

Vice Chairman and Managing Director

Mr. Alhokair is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director for Arabian Centres, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the Company and directing its management team on shareholders’ behalf. He is also a founding member of Alhokair Fashion Retail – a leading franchise retailer in Saudi Arabia and beyond – and holds executive positions and memberships in multiple companies with interests across various industries, including real estate, investments and technology. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from King Saud University in 1990.

Olivier Nougarou

Chief Executive Officer

Olivier Nougarou

Olivier Nougarou

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Nougarou is the CEO of Arabian Centres, responsible for the financial and operational performance of the Company, and the development and implementation of its strategy. He brings more than 15 years of senior executive experience in retail property, having previously been CEO for Germany at Unibail-Rodamco, a European real estate company. During his time with Unibail-Rodamco, he was deeply involved in the merger between Unibail and Rodamco and was instrumental in the successful integration of the German organization into the group while establishing and developing Unibail-Rodamco’s German business. He later worked as Managing Director, Russia, for Morgan Stanley Real Estate. He obtained his Master's in International Management from ISG (Institut Superieur de Gestion), France, in 1991 and his Master's in Business Administration from ESCP Europe, France, in 2001.

Lionel Ponsard

Vice President of Finance

Lionel Ponsard

Lionel Ponsard

Vice President of Finance

Dr. Ponsard is the Vice President of Finance at Arabian Centres and is responsible for financial, risk management and administrative operations of the Company including the financial and operational strategy. Prior to joining Arabian Centres, Dr. Ponsard served as Chief Financial Officer of Al Faisaliah Group, a closed joint stock company established in Saudi Arabia and operating in the dairy, electronics, healthcare and food service sector. Dr. Ponsard’s prior experience also includes various positions at the Boston Consulting Group. He holds several distinguished academic degrees including a Bachelor's degree in Languages from the University of Louvain, Brussels, in 1997, a Master’s degree in International Relations from King’s College, London, in 1998 and a Doctoral degree in Economics from Leiden University, Netherlands, in 2004.

Bruno Wehbe

Chief Portfolio and Asset Management Officer

Bruno Wehbe

Bruno Wehbe

Chief Portfolio and Asset Management Officer

Mr. Wehbe has served as the Company’s Chief Portfolio and Asset Management Officer since July 2018. He holds several distinguished academic degrees such as a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and Communications from the American Univerity of Beirut, Lebanon, in 2006, a Masters of Science (MSc.) in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) – with Merit and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD, France, in 2010. He previously served as a Principal between 2008 and 2016 at Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company), a global management consulting firm established in the USA. Prior to that, he was employed by Booz Allen Hamilton.

Jabri Maali

Chief Financial Officer

Jabri Maali

Jabri Maali

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Maali is the Company’s Chief Financial Officer. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting from the Jordanian University in 1992. He previously served in several financial managerial positions at Nuqul Group, BDO and Planet Group, a limited liability company established in the United Arab Emirates, which operates in the Hospitality and Tourism sector.

Ghassan Abu Mutair

Chief Development and Project Management Officer

Ghassan Abu Mutair

Ghassan Abu Mutair

Chief Development and Project Management Officer

Mr. Abu Mutair has served as the Company’s Chief Development and Project Management Officer since December 2015. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Geology and Environment Sciences from Yarmouk University, Jordan, in 1997. From 2002 to 2015, he has previously held a position of the Manager of the Supply Chain Group at Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Real Estate Company. Prior to that, he served in other operations positions at General Electric and the Saudi Binladin Group.

Majed Al Juaid

Vice President of Operations

Majed Al Juaid

Majed Al Juaid

Vice President of Operations

Mr. Al Juaid has served as the Company’s Vice President of Operations since September 2013. He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce, with a focus on International Business, from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, in 2000. He also holds a degree in Commercial Property Management from the Property Counsel, based in the UAE. He has previously held several positions in this company such as Manager of ACC Regional Operations as well as Manager of an ACC Mall.

Turki Al Zahrani

Chief Support Services Officer

Turki Al Zahrani

Turki Al Zahrani

Chief Support Services Officer

Mr. Al Zahrani has served as the Chief Support Services Officer since 2015, after joining Company in 2009 as its Director of Human Resources. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia, in 2012. He has held several human resources positions in the past including Director of Human Resources at Geant Saudi Limited, a limited liability company established in the KSA and operating in trade sector, and Director of Administration at Al Othaim Holding Company, a closed joint stock company established in the KSA and operating in the commercial, real estate and industrial sector.

Naji Fayad

Director of Internal Audit Department

Naji Fayad

Naji Fayad

Director of Internal Audit Department

Mr. Fayad has served as the Company’s Director of Internal Audit since August 2017. He has over 20 years of experience in audit related functions. He holds several academic degrees including a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, obtained in 1984, a Master's degree in Business Administration from the same university in 1998 and a Postgraduate degree in Public Accounting from McGill University, Canada, in 1996. Mr. Fayad also holds several professional qualifications including a Chartered Accountant (CA) degree from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Canada, obtained in 1996, a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) degree from the Institute of Internal Auditors, the United States of America, in 2003, a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) degree from Information Systems Audit and Control Association, the United States of America, in 2005 and a Certified Risk Management Auditor (CRMA) degree from the Institute of Internal Auditors, the United States of America, in 2012.

Rayan Al-Karawi

Group Head of Investor Relations

Rayan Al-Karawi

Rayan Al-Karawi

Group Head of Investor Relations

Mr Al-Karawi is Group Head of IR, responsible for developing the Company’s investor relations function and ensuring effective two-way communication between the Company and its stakeholders. He enjoys more than two decades of experience in investor relations and finance, serving as Investor Relations Director at Zain KSA. At Zain KSA, Mr. Al-Karawi significantly improved relations with the investment community amidst significant capital restructuring and a major rights issuance. Prior to joining Zain KSA, Mr. Al-Karawi was Banking and Investor Relations Manager at Dar Al Arkan, where he was responsible for managing the real estate company’s relationship with local and international banks and sat on the committee formed to raise the company’s international sukuks. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Schiller International University in 1993 and has been trained at some of the world’s leading financial organizations, including JP Morgan, Citibank and Deutschebank. Mr Al-Karawi is one of the founding members and the Chairman of the Saudi Chapter of the Middle East Investor Relations Association (MEIRA).

Francois Kanaan

Chief Digital and Marketing Officer

Francois Kanaan

Francois Kanaan

Chief Digital and Marketing Officer

Mr. Kanaan, the Chief Digital and Marketing Officer for Arabian Centres, is responsible for migrating many of the company’s internal and external operations from analogue to digital with the goal of rationalising and streamlining operations and generating new revenue streams. He brings 25 years of experience in corporate marketing and a demonstrated track record of expertise in working with mega public-private real estate developments. His background includes work in corporate communications, digital transformation, brand development and destinations marketing. He most recently served as VP Marketing and Communications at Meraas Holding in Dubai and previously held the post of Deputy Director of Marketing and Communications at Aldar Properties in Abu Dhabi. He honed his corporate communications skills while working in blue-chip communications firms such as JWT and DDB Worldwide.