Great news: GE President and CEO ranks in top 500 most influential Arabs
Nabil Habayeb, GE’s President & CEO of the Middle East, North Africa & Turkey region, has been selected by Arabian Business, a premier business magazine, as one of the 500 Most Influential Arabs in 2012.
He ranks 149 on the list that includes Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud – member of the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia and one of the richest people in the world; Mohamed Alabbar – Chairman of Emaar Properties; and Carlos Ghosn – Chief Executive Officer of Nissan Motor Co., to name a few.
Arabian Business creates a list every year of the world’s most influential Arabs. The list includes well-known figures in the Arab world, who are carefully shortlisted on the basis of their achievements and their contribution to make a better world.
The initial shortlist had 1,782 people, a list that examined the work of Arabs in every continent and every country across the globe, and covers every sector of society from business and finance to media, sports and science. The resulting 2012 Power 500 has a record 127 new entries.
When it comes to countries of origin, Lebanon contributes the most with 85 entries of which Habayeb is one of them, followed by 67 from Saudi Arabia and 58 from Egypt.
Based in Dubai, Habayeb is responsible for developing and expanding the growth of GE’s different businesses across the region. Now, GE’s President & Chief Executive Officer for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, he was earlier heading the Middle East and Africa operations.
Nabil joined GE in 1982 as part of the GE Power Systems’ Field Engineering Program, and moved on to various sales positions covering the region. In 1989, he moved to the United States as Commercial Operations Manager for the Middle East.
Subsequently, he returned to the Middle East as a Regional Manager for Saudi Arabia in 1993. He became the Europe Pole sales leader in 1996 and was named General Manager for Africa, India and the Middle East (AIM) in 1997. In 2001 he was appointed as Regional Executive and General Manager, GE Energy, AIM Region before being appointed to head the MEA markets.
Nabil is a Board Member of Mubadala Infrastructure Partners Limited and the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council; and is Vice Chairman of the US-UAE Business Council. In 2007, he was also named as a member of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development.
Read more about the Arabian Power 500 here