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Gulf International Bank Appoints Khaled Abbas as Group Head of Wholesale Banking

Gulf International Bank B.S.C. (GIB) announced the appointment of Khaled Abbas, a seasoned banker with more than two decades of experience, as Group Head of Wholesale Banking at GIB.


Khaled assumes the role after having served as GIB’s Country Head of UAE, where he oversaw continued growth in the UAE market. Prior to joining GIB, he was Executive Vice President and Regional Head – Wholesale Banking Group at Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank for eight years and previously held other senior roles at Samba Financial Group and Banque Saudi Fransi. 


Khaled has a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies from the Lebanese American University, Beirut and has obtained executive education degrees from both Darden Business School at the University of Virginia and INSEAD.


Abdulaziz Al-Helaissi, Group Chief Executive Officer of GIB, said, “Khaled’s deep experience and long track record building and managing wholesale banking divisions in the region supports GIB’s strategy and its continued focus on growth and diversification across the region. Whilst GIB has long been a leader in wholesale banking, and in serving large corporate clients and financial institutions, I am confident that under Khaled’s leadership, our position and the value we offer our clients and partners will continue to grow.”  

Gulf International Bank B.S.C. Licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain as a local Conventional Wholesale Bank and as a Conventional Retail Bank (branch) C.R. 4660