50. Steve Williams, Group CEO, Gulf Finance
As the importance of SMEs in the UAE economy continues to grow, Steve Williams is playing a key role in attempting to fund them. Williams has worked in the UAE for the past eight years and joined Gulf Finance at the start of 2008 with a mandate to turn the company into a leading provider of finance to SMEs. Since then, the company has successfully diversified, built one of the country’s largest SME loan portfolios and won a number of highly coveted industry awards. At the start of 2012, Williams was appointed group CEO. In this role, Williams is responsible for the regional deployment of the Gulf Finance model and for attracting capital from international investors who wish to access the MENA SME market. Williams has a rich and varied background in financial services, and immediately prior to joining Gulf Finance was the chief operating officer for Lloyds TSB in Dubai
47. Matthew Hurn, Executive Director, Group Treasury, Mubadala
Matthew Hurn is executive director of group treasury at Mubadala Development Co, the Abu Dhabi state-owned investment company that has stakes in GE, the Carlyle Group, Tabreed and Aldar Properties. Hurn’s responsibility lies with treasury and corporate funding, financial risk management, tax, insurance and investor relations at Mubadala. He is chairman of the Association of Corporate Treasurers Middle East.
45. Simon Frith, Managing Director, Al Futtaim Motors
As managing director of Al Futtaim Motors, Simon Frith runs a unit of one of the oldest companies in the UAE. Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al Futtaim is one of the most progressive regional business houses headquartered in Dubai and operates through more than 65 companies across sectors as diverse as commerce, industry and services. It employs in excess of 20,000 people across the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Singapore and Europe. Frith oversees the Toyota and Lexus franchises in the UAE. He oversaw a 32 percent rise in Toyota sales in the country in 2012 over the previous year.
43. Graham Gill, Managing Director, MENA, Sweett Group
Graham Gill is managing director of Sweett Group’s regional operations. Gill has broad experience in project and development management internationally. He has a track record in projects in UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, many of which have had a multi-billion-dollar value. Gill has been involved from planning and developing virtual new cities to the construction of hi-tech fabrication plants and nuclear power stations. He has also become increasingly involved in green initiatives as the Middle East develops its future resources and power consumption plans. Prior to his present role, the Imperial College graduate held senior positions with Sama Dubai, Al Habtoor Group and MWB/Manhattan Loft at Canary Wharf in the UK.