Lockton grows regional footprint with new MENA chief executive

Deputy assumes top regional spot as company seeks to harness fast-growing market

Lockton grows regional footprint with new MENA chief executive

Insurance News

By Gabriel Olano

Lockton MENA has named Ata Khatib (pictured) as chief executive officer. Based in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), he will lead the global brokerage’s subsidiaries in the region.

He brings to the role significant experience in the region, having set up Lockton’s offices in the DIFC in 2009, then later becoming deputy CEO of Lockton MENA and sitting on its board, a statement from the firm said.

Khatib succeeds Tony Saada, who will focus on his responsibilities as regional CEO for MENA as the company continues to build its brand across the region. Lockton MENA in the DIFC will continue to oversee the other recently opened offices in the region.

“With Ata at the head of Lockton MENA, the business is ideally positioned to accelerate its focus on executing against key strategies due to its strong relationships with clients, regional and international markets and a proven track record of leadership,” Saada said.

Meanwhile, the company announced that several regional executives would retain their roles: Lama Sweis will continue her role as regional COO for Lockton MENA; Ahmed Abdo will continue to lead Lockton’s Jordan operations as its general manager; Fatima Zahra will continue to run Lockton MENA’s office in Casablanca, Morocco; and Mohamed Magdy Omar has assumed his current role as CEO of Lockton Insurance Brokers Egypt.


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