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. A qualified Chartered Accountant, Mr. Walsh has 24 years of experience in various industries. Prior to joining Mezzan, he was 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 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. Mr. Walsh holds a diploma in Marketing from the Marketing Institute of Ireland and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Hammami joined Mezzan Holding in September 2016 with a 13 year experience in investment banking, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Hammami spent the last ten years of his career as a Director of Investment Banking at NBK Capital, the investment banking arm of the National Bank of Kuwait. He has advised companies in Kuwait and the neighboring region on several investment banking, equity and debt capital market transactions exceeding US$11bn.
As a Director of Investment Banking, he served as an advisor for Mezzan Holding for several landmark transactions, including the company’s acquisition of UAE-based Unitra Mets Group in 2014, and the IPO in June 2015. Mr. Hammami holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from McGill University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has previously served as a Board Member of the CFA Institute’s Kuwait Chapter.
Ali Abdulrahman Al Wazzan
Executive Director, Investments
Mr. Al Wazzan joined Mezzan in June 2010 as an Executive Director responsible for acquisitions, disposals, the IPO program and working with the CEO on strategic change initiatives. Mr. Al Wazzan represents Mezzan on various Boards, Chairman of Plastics Industries Company KSCC from 2011 to date, Vice Chairman of Kuwait Lube Oil Company from 2010 to date. Mr. Al Wazzan took an important part in restructuring some subsidiaries including Mezzan’s water business in Qatar and led the acquisition of Unitra Mets Group and several important transactions for the Group. Mr. Al Wazzan worked for Wedian Real Estate/Amlak Holdings (Family Investment office) and Al Watani Investment Company (NBK Capital) before joining Mezzan Holding Company KSC. Mr. Al Wazzan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Finance from the American University of Beirut, and previously served as a non-executive Director of Global Investment House KSCC through its restructuring process from 2010 to 2013.
Human Resources Director
Mr. Darcy is a chartered Human Resources professional with an MA (HRM). Mr. Darcy’s experience spans over 25 years in Human Resources, Operations and Change Management in large multinationals in the European and North American Food and Beverage Sectors. He was HR Director for Northern Foods Frozen business, the UK’s largest frozen manufacturer, for eight years and HR Director for Monaghan Mushrooms, the world’s largest fresh mushroom supplier, for four years. Mr. Darcy has also held senior roles in Glanbia and Diageo. Mr. Darcy holds a BSc (Honors) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, from Trinity College Dublin. Mr. Darcy is a Certified Auditor in ISO 9002 Quality System, and holds a Diploma in Applied Finance from the Irish Management Institute. Mr. Darcy also holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management, from the University of Ulster.