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Dubai Islamic Bank strengthens management team with two senior appointments

Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) announced today the appointment of two senior executives to drive the bank's growing business and operations with a view to consolidate and strengthen its market presence.

Dr. Adnan Chilwan, a veteran marketing professional and an Islamic banker by practice, has been named Chief of Retail and Business Banking at DIB. He has over 14 years of professional banking experience with both renowned conventional and Islamic banks in the Gulf region, including Dubai Bank (UAE), Commercial Bank of Qatar (Qatar), Mashreq Bank (UAE), Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (UAE) and HSBC (UAE). At Dubai Islamic Bank, he will provide leadership to the consumer banking group, which includes the entire branch network, product development and management, sales function, wealth management and private banking, business banking, change management and business analytics.

Dr. Chilwan has a Ph.D. and MBA in Marketing. He is also a Certified Islamic Banker, Certified Public Accountant, Post-Graduate in Islamic banking and insurance, and an Associate Fellow of the Islamic Financial Professional Board.

DIB has also appointed Mohamed Al Nahdi as Chief of Central Operations to spearhead its operations within the UAE. Al Nahdi holds a BA in Accounts and Administration, and is a veteran in the area of banking operations, project management, corporate banking and personal banking, with over 26 years of diverse experience.

He started his career at HSBC and held many senior roles there before moving on to Dubai Bank, where he was the Chief Retail Banking Officer. In his new role at DIB, Al Nahdi will provide leadership to the Central Operations of the bank within the UAE, which includes Trade and Structured Finance Operations, Retail Operations, Treasury Operations, Card Operations, Real Estate & Contracting Operations, Policies and Procedures, and Internal Control.

Khaled Al Kamda, Group Managing Director and CEO of DIB, said: “We are pleased to welcome Dr. Adnan Chilwan and Mohamed Al Nahdi to our senior management team. Both of them bring in-depth regional experience in Islamic banking with a specialisation in consumer banking and operations, and will definitely add value to our business lines. I am confident that these new appointments will further strengthen DIB’s position as the leading global Islamic bank.”