16/04/2018 07:59 AST

Mobile Telecommunication Company Saudi Arabia (Zain) announced that its Board of Directors, on Sunday, decided that its CEO, Peter Kaliaropoulos will step down to make way for the Chief Operating Officer Eng. Sultan Al Deghaither to take the lead role across the company.

Kaliaropoulos will leave Zain Saudi by June 30 to pursue other opportunities in the industry. The Zain Saudi Board also decided that the leadership change and appointment of Eng. Al Deghaither as CEO will be effective as of July 1 as part of succession planning to talented and experienced Saudi executives and consistent with government policy initiatives.

Zain Chairman Prince Naif Bin Sultan Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Kabeer, on behalf of the Board and the company, stated that “Peter Kaliaropoulos led Zain Saudi in delivering its first ever net profit and accelerated the customer focused operating culture and the development of Saudi talent.”

Prince Naif extended his sincere appreciation to Kaliaropoulos for his efforts and contribution to the transformation of Zain. Prince Naif welcomed the appointment of Eng. Sultan Al Deghaither and said, “Sultan Al Deghaither is a talented executive having worked his way up the organization ladder. He will take over the leadership of the company with tremendous operational, technical and customer management expertise having led many complex projects that repositioned Zain Saudi as a company of reference for data quality and service in Saudi. The Board has the utmost confidence in his leadership skills to continue growing Zain Saudi in the future.”

Eng. Sultan Al Deghaither started his journey with Zain Saudi when the company itself had just begun its operations, as radio planning & optimization manager in 2009 where he participated in building the engineering department, Moreover, he was instrumental in leading the commercial launch of the first 4G Network in the Kingdom back in 2011. Among his many achievement, Sultan led one of the biggest project in Zain Saudi history (project Reload) with a total investment of SR4.5 billion. He was appointed as chief technology officer after the successful completion of the project. Thereafter he was appointed as chief operating officer with the added responsibility of regulatory affairs as well as innovation and digital transformation.

He holds a Bachelor Degree in Telecommunication and Electronics from the King Saud University.

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