As the year draws to a close, we identify business leaders who have been instrumental in driving their organisation’s growth and success.

Suresh Vaidhyanathan, Group CEO, Ghassan Aboud Group

Suresh Vaidhyanathan is an accomplished business leader, having played key strategic roles with the region’s foremost business conglomerates for more than 25 years. His experience spans across multiple business sectors and countries in Middle East, Asia and Africa. Vaidhyanathan is a qualified chartered accountant and an alumnus of the Digital Business Transformation programme from the IMD Business School. He has completed several management programmes at Harvard, Wharton, MIT Sloan (AI & Blockchain), Chicago Booth School and INSEAD.

In 2012, Suresh qualified as a NACD Board Leadership Fellow (National Association of Corporate Directors, US). In addition, he is a certified board director with the Institute of Directors, Dubai (Hawakamah).

Presently, Vaidhyanathan is the group CEO at the UAE-headquartered Ghassan Aboud Group (GAG), driving growth across a diverse portfolio of businesses that include automotive, retail, food, hospitality, logistics, healthcare and eB2B digital platforms. The group is well positioned for robust growth with several ongoing projects within its core sectors. Vaidhyanathan played a pivotal role the conceptualisation of the group’s joint ventures with the AD Ports Group to develop Abu Dhabi Food Hub – KEZAD and Global Auto Hub – Abu Dhabi as public private partnership projects.

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