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Gulf Air names new finance, HRD heads

June 30, 2021

National carrier Gulf Air has announced that it has appointed two Bahraini nationals into the executive and management roles - Adnan Hashim as chief financial officer and Jamal AlKuwaiti as the director of human resources.

Hashim brings with him more than 25 years of experience in the banking and finance industry. He was the earlier CFO at Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), and prior to that, he held the same role at NCB Capital, the region’s leading investment firm and Saudi Arabia’s largest asset manager.

He sat on numerous boards, executive committees, audit committees and compensation and governance committees of various financial institutions and has served as the Chairman of ACCA Members’ Advisory Committee, Bahrain.

Holder of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with distinction from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, Hashim is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

On Al Kuwaiti's appointment, Gulf Air said he has more than two decades of working experience, of which 15 years were concentrated in human resources management field alone.

He brings to Gulf Air diverse professional human resources experience from government, semi government and private sector which includes Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) and Azadea retail group. This exposure has enriched his expertise in organisational development, performance and talent management as well as culture transformation.

AlKuwaiti is a holder of a Master Degree in Human Resources from De Paul University and has completed his Bachelor Degree in Accounting from the University of Bahrain.

A qualified executive coach, AlKuwaiti has completed a number of professional programmes including an Executive Human Resources Training in London Business School and Senior Leadership programme.

Welcoming the duo into the Gulf Air family, Acting CEO Captain Waleed AlAlawi said: 'We are committed to hiring the best Bahraini talents with rich experience into the executive management team. The kingdom is known for its highly educated and experienced pool of talents and Gulf Air will always priotorise Bahrainis for job opportunites whether in executive roles or at entry levels.'

'I am sure they will be up for the challenge in working for a global and multinational airline with such legacy and heritage,' he added.