Mezzan Holding appoints Fares Hammami as new Group CFO

Fares Hammami
Fares Hammami

KUWAIT: Mezzan Holding KSC, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of food, beverage, FMCG and pharmaceutical products in the Gulf, yesterday announced former NBK Capital Director of Investment Banking Fares Hammami will join the company as its new Group CFO. Hammami, who joins the company following a 13-year track record in investment banking, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions, the last 10 years of which with NBK Capital, the investment banking arm of National Bank of Kuwait. He will succeed Stephen Carty, who is leaving his position to be closer to his family in the United States.

Mezzan Holding Vice Chairman, Mohammed Al- Wazzan said, “I would like to welcome Fares to Mezzan’s executive management team, where he will add great value in the company’s next phase of growth and regional expansion.” Mezzan Holding’s CEO Garry Walsh added, “Although Fares is a new member to the management team he is no stranger to Mezzan Holding. We’ve been working closely with Fares over the last five years in his capacity as a Director of Investment Banking at NBK Capital where he served as our advisor on several landmark transactions for Mezzan, including our acquisition of UAE-based Unitra Mets Group in 2014, and our company’s IPO in June 2015. I would also like to thank Stephen for his time and efforts at Mezzan Holding. He has served the company and shareholders well over the last year. He added value and helped navigate our first year as a public company. On behalf of the board, the management team, and everyone working at Mezzan Holding, I wish him a safe journey back home and the best in his future endeavors.” Fares Hammami said, “Mezzan Holding is a company that I have both served and admired for several years and I am excited to join the company as Group CFO to help lead its next phase of growth and value creation both locally and regionally. I look forward to working with my former clients as part of their leadership team.”

Hammami is a seasoned investment banker and finance professional, and has spent the last ten years of his career with NBK Capital, the investment banking arm of National Bank of Kuwait . He has advised companies in Kuwait and the neighboring region on various investment banking, equity and debt capital market transactions exceeding $11bn. Fares is a graduate of McGill University where he majored in Finance, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has previously serviced as Board Member of the CFA Institute’s Kuwait Chapter.

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