Etisalat announced interim group CEO Hatem Dowidar had taken the role on a permanent basis, after spending almost seven months in temporary charge.
The operator group confirmed the appointment, effective from today (16 December), in a stock market announcement.
The new chief joined Etisalat in 2015 as Group COO, having previously held a number of roles across Vodafone Group and its subsidiaries. There, he led its divisions in Malta and Egypt before rising to the UK-based operator group’s chief of staff.
Dowidar takes over Etisalat as it continues to roll out its high-speed 5G network, with the company receiving the accolade of offering the fastest speeds in a global assessment of the new network technology by testing company Ookla in October.
Etisalat is also one of the operators competing to win a licence to launch services in Ethiopia.