BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mezzan Holding’s Board of Directors consists of five members with two independent directors. The primary role of the company’s Board is to set and pursue the company’s strategic goals, monitor and evaluate the company’s financial, operational, and safety performance.
ABDULRAHMAN JASSIM MOHAMMED AL WAZZAN Chairman
Abdulrahman Jassim Mohammed Al Wazzan was elected Chairman of Mezzan Holding in April 2016.
He had previously held the position of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the company for two periods from 2003 to 2010 and from 2012 to 2014. He was Chairman of Widyan Real Estate until March 31, 2016, when he resigned from his position. He has also served on the boards of National Pharmaceuticals Industries Company and the Union of Importers of Medicines and Pharmacy owners.
Mr. Al Wazzan holds a Bachelors of Arts in History from Kuwait University.
MOHAMMED JASSIM MOHAMMED AL WAZZAN Vice Chairman
Mr. Mohammed Jassim Mohammed Al Wazzan serves as Vice Chairman of the Board and an Executive commissioned by the Board to monitor the executive management with regards to the main course of business. Over the last five years, Mr. Al Wazzan has been mandated by the Board to drive the strategic changes in the group pursuant to the IPO. Prior to this he has been responsible for our strategic entry into many areas as well as managing our finance and IT departments since 1985.
Mr. Mohammed has previously served on the Boards of the Commercial Bank of Kuwait from 2000 to 2003 and Commercial Real Estate Company from 2004 to 2009.
Mr. Al Wazzan holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami, USA.
MOUTASEM JASSIM MOHAMMED AL WAZZAN Director
Mr. Moutasem Jassim Mohammed Al Wazzan has been responsible for Mezzan Holding’s FMCG Division encompassing many of Mezzan’s larger agencies, such as J&J and RBK, medical businesses and pharmacies. These divisions have shown exceptional growth through the years under his leadership and despite handing these divisions over to the new management team, he retains many of the key relationships personally. He was also the creator of Mezzan’s Softy brand and has always had a close affinity with the brand. Constantly seeking new challenges, he pioneered the Group’s entry into Jordan by building the Softy facility in Mafrek, Jordan which is a state-of-the-art-facility.
Prior to joining Mezzan, Mr. Al Wazzan worked in Commercial Bank of Kuwait for almost five years. During college, he ran the Company’s then subsidiary specializing in the air-conditioning and fire-fighting equipment business. Additionally, he has served on the Boards of Awal Gulf Manufacturing (Bahrain) from 2003 to 2008, National Textiles in 2008, and was also the Vice Chairman of AlMutaja Real Estate Company from 2007 to 2013.
Mr. Al Wazzan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.
ABDULWAHAB AHMED AL MARZOUQ Independent Director
Mr. Abdulwahab Al Marzouq brings to Mezzan his rich board-level experience in manufacturing, construction, retail, real estate, advertising and financial services.
Mr. Al Marzouq also built a track-record of working in multi-million dinar businesses throughout his 26-year career and continues to serve on several boards of companies including K4 General Trading & Contracting, since 1989, British Industries, since 1993, and Universe Investments, since 2008. Mr. Al Marzouq also served on the board of Kuwait’s Commercial Bank from 1997 to 2000.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Point Park University Indiana, USA.
JAMAL ABDULHAMEED AL MUTAWA Independent Director
Mr. Jamal Abdulhameed Al Mutawa has 34 years of experience in financial services and banking, of which 16 years were served in executive and leadership positions. Mr. Al Mutawa brings to Mezzan a long-standing experience in the financial sector.
Prior to joining Mezzan, Mr. Al Mutawa’s executive and leadership roles at the Commercial Bank of Kuwait were General Manager and Acting Chief Executive Officer between 1999 and 2003 and Chief Executive Officer until the end of his tenure in 2010. Mr. Jamal served as Chairman of Kuwait Credit Bureau (CI-NET), as well as National Ranges Company (Mayadeen) from 2009 to 2012, and Cham Bank from 2010 to 2011. He also served on the Boards of VISA International CEMEA Region in 1995 and 1996 and Al Ahlia Investments from 1997 to 1999.
Mr Al Mutawa holds a Bachelor of Industrial & System Engineering from University of Southern California, USA.
Mezzan Holding’s executive management team consists of two officers and two directors. The primary role of the company’s management team is to organise all daily business operational matters, as well as the allocation of resources, determination and implementation of strategies, direction-setting and ensuring timely reporting and provision of information to the Board.
GARRETT WALSH Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Walsh was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Mezzan Holding Company KSC in March 2011. Since then he has worked with the Board to drive the strategic plan in the business through business wins in Afghanistan, Jordan and Iraq, the turnaround of underperforming businesses, the acquisition of Unitra Mets Group, the development of the Company’s new structures and the strengthening of the Company’s governance and cash flow focus. Mr. Walsh also managed the Northern Foods Frozen business where he introduced programs such as Lean Six Sigma and was responsible for their leading brands such as Goodfella’s Pizza, McDougalls Pies and Donegal Catch; all became No. 1 in their category during his tenure. In addition to Northern Foods, Mr. Walsh has worked for Deloitte, DCC PLC, Unigate PLC and Nestle in a variety of leadership, commercial and finance roles.
A qualified Chartered Accountant, Mr. Walsh has 24 years of experience in various industries. Prior to joining Mezzan, he was the Managing Director of Northern Foods Recipe Dish and a member of the Northern Foods PLC (UK) Ops Board. Northern Foods PLC is the UK’s largest food manufacturer and the Recipe Dish business is the largest supplier of chilled ready meals to retailers such as Marks and Spencer, and J Sainsbury.
Mr. Walsh holds a diploma in Marketing from the Marketing Institute of Ireland and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
NABIL BEN AYED Group Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ben Ayed joined Mezzan in 2019 where he served as Group Finance Director before his appointment as Group CFO in December 2020. He has a strong track record of driving growth and executing measurable results with a specialization in IPOs, mergers & acquisitions, tax optimisation, business planning, ERP implementation, and performance improvement.
Mr. Ben Ayed has more than 20 years of extensive experience in strategic financial planning, operations management, and business development for multinational companies across Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Middle East.
Mr. Nabil Ben Ayed holds a Masters Degree in Management and Accounting from the Institute of Advanced Business Studies in Tunisia, and a Diploma in Legal Tax Advisory from Management University in Tunisia. He received his change management certification from the Frankfurt School for Finance and Management in Germany and has served as a consultant at the World Bank development program in Asia and Africa.
ALI ABDULRAHMAN AL WAZZAN Executive Director - Investments
Mr. Ali Al Wazzan is the current Executive Director of Investments at Mezzan Holding responsible for acquisitions, disposals, the IPO program, and working with the CEO on strategic change initiatives. Mr. Ali Al Wazzan represents Mezzan Holding on various Boards and is also the Vice Chairman of Kuwait Lube Oil Company from 2010 to date.
Mr. Ali Al Wazzan took an important part in restructuring some subsidiaries including Mezzan’s water business in Qatar, led the acquisition of Unitra Mets Group and several additional important transactions for the company.
Prior to joining Mezzan, Mr. Ali Al Wazzan worked for Wedian Real Estate/Amlak Holdings (Family Investment office) and Al Watani Investment Company (NBK Capital He also previously served as a non-executive Director of Global Investment House KSCC through its restructuring process from 2010 to 2013.
Mr. Ali Al Wazzan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Finance from the American University of Beirut.
LINDSAY WAKEFIELD Commercial Director - Food & Beverages
Lindsay Wakefield was appointed as the Group Commercial Director for Food & Beverages in February 2019. Prior to joining Mezzan Lindsay worked across the region as one of the founding partners in Kantar Consulting Middle East for the last 12 years.
Before coming to the area, Lindsay held a range of managerial roles in the areas of Sales Strategy & Development, Commercial Leadership and Customer Management. He has worked previously for Mars Confectionery, L’Oréal, Diageo and Glendinning Management Consultants.
Lindsay holds a B.Sc. in Managerial Sciences from the University of Bradford in the U.K.
BASSEM ABOU ZAKI Group Head - Human Resources
Mr. Bassem Abou Zaki was appointed as the Group Head of HR on November 1, 2020. He brings with him 18 years of experience in HR and significant expertise in developing HR plans and strategies, which will help support the achievement of the company’s overall business operations objectives.
Before joining Mezzan Holding, Mr. Bassem was part of Nestlé Middle East & North Africa where he led the facilitation and coaching of several Nestlé Markets in Zone EMENA on their HR transformation journey. This included the Middle East & North Africa, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Ukraine & Moldova, Poland and Baltics as well as Czech & Slovak. Prior to this, he held a variety of HR operational roles in UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Bassem holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the American University of Beirut-Lebanon and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management (HRM) from the University of Surrey, UK.