Thuraya Appoints Ahmad Al Shareef as Head of Human Resources and Support Operations

DUBAI, UAE, January 8, 2014 - Thuraya Telecommunications, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator today announced the appointment of Ahmad Al Shareef as Senior Director of Human Resources and Support Operations as of January 2, 2014. As Thuraya’s new Head of Human Resources, Al Shareef is responsible for managing employee relations as well as overseeing the procurement and administration divisions. He reports to Samer Halawi, Chief Executive Officer of Thuraya and will serve as a member of the Company’s Leadership Team.

“I am pleased to welcome Ahmad Al Shareef to Thuraya,” said Samer Halawi. “His experience in improving employee relations and developing cohesive Human Resources policies is a strong asset for Thuraya as we focus on recruitment, employee engagement development, and talent management in the next phase of our transformation. Our people are the backbone of the Company and we are committed in investing in them as part of our strategy for success.”

Al Shareef is a skilled Human Resources executive with significant experience in asset management and financial institutions in the UAE. His background includes working with senior executive teams to ensure that the Company accomplishes its business plans over the short, medium and long term. He has worked in close collaboration with management teams on organizational optimization and alignment, improving employee relations, and talent retention. Al Shareef joins Thuraya from a local asset management entity where he was their Director of Human Resources. A UAE National, fluent in English and Arabic, Al Shareef holds a Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (CSE) from Boston University.

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company
Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO.

Thuraya’s superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company’s diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value,
quality and efficiency. Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivering the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. Visit

For further information please contact:
Shereen Hanafi, Director of Communications, Thuraya
Tel: + 971-4-4488-888

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