Executive Management Profiles*
Group Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director
Ala’a Eraiqat joined ADCB in January 2004 and since then has held various senior posts before taking over as Chief Executive Officer and also becoming a member of ADCB’s Board of Directors in February 2009. He previously held senior positions at Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank, amongst others. His responsibilities extend to chairing the following subsidiaries and committees of ADCB, amongst others: Abu Dhabi Commercial Properties, Abu Dhabi Commercial Engineering Services, ADCB Securities, Itmam Services, the ADCB Management Executive Committee and the ADCB Management Risk & Credit Committee.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Deepak was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer in 2008 and is responsible for Group finance, investor relations and strategic sourcing. He previously spent 15 years with Standard Chartered Bank in the Middle East and in Korea. Before joining Standard Chartered, he worked for 12 years with Ernst & Young and Price Waterhouse & Co. (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) in the Middle East and India. Deepak is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK).
Group Chief Operating Officer
Jerry was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer following ADCB’s acquisition of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s retail banking business in the UAE in 2010. He was previously Chief Operating Officer for Royal Bank of Scotland’s Middle East and Africa franchise, a position he held from 2008. He also served as an Executive Director for ABN AMRO’s Group Services Division, and before that fulfilled various directorships within ABN AMRO’s Wholesale Banking Division. Jerry holds a BA from the University of California and an MBA and a Master’s degree in Business Informatics from the Rotterdam School of Management.
Group General Counsel and Board Secretary
Simon has been General Counsel and Board Secretary at ADCB since 2008. After graduating from Durham University in the UK, he practised corporate law in the City of London for eight years. He joined Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in 2006, acting as a lawyer to the Emerging Markets department and the Strategic Investment and Infrastructure teams. He has more than 18 years of experience in banking, finance and corporate law. Simon is a UK-qualified solicitor and has been highly instrumental in the Bank’s recent recognition as a regional leader in corporate governance.
Group Head of Consumer Banking
Arup joined ADCB in 2005 and is Head of the Consumer Banking Group. He had previously spent seven years with Citibank, becoming Head of Wealth Management products and Marketing Director for its UAE Consumer business. Before that, he worked with Unilever in India in several sales and marketing roles. Arup is a mechanical engineering graduate and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow.
Kevin joined ADCB in 2009 as Head of the Treasury & Investments Group. He has held significant treasury and risk positions in global organisations such as ALICO, Citigroup, Westpac Bank and Merrill Lynch. At ADCB, he is responsible for a front office staff of 40, including FX trading and sales, derivative trading and sales, and fixed income and investments personnel, along with money market and balance sheet analytics teams. Kevin is the Chairman of the UAE Banks Federation Financial Markets Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of Gulf Capital. He holds an MBA from Macquarie University in Australia.
Group Head of Human Resources
Ali Darwish is the Head of Human Resources for ADCB and is an experienced banking professional who has worked at senior executive levels since 1998. A combination of interests in operational excellence, talent engagement and business strategy has accelerated Ali’s career through diverse positions in top financial institutions such as Tamweel, Dubai Islamic Bank and ABN AMRO. His particular focus on human capital strategy enables Ali to transform talent into tangible assets for organisations. His in-depth understanding of strategy, performance objectives and drivers enables him to optimise capacity and capability across all business areas of the Bank. Ali’s achievements have been recognised through various awards, particularly within the area of Emiratisation.
Group Head of Wholesale Banking
Colin completed his Master of Arts in Financial Economics at the University of Dundee, receiving the Bowie Memorial Prize for top economics graduate. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. Colin joined Barclays Bank in 1992 and undertook various roles as an international banker. In 2007, he was appointed Barclays’ Corporate Banking Director, GCC, joining ADCB a year later as Head of the Wholesale Banking Group.
Kishore Rao Naimpally
Group Chief Risk Officer
Kishore took over as ADCB’s Group Chief Risk Officer in July 2009. He has more than 35 years of experience across various international and regional banks, spanning multiple geographies and a variety of roles across the business, credit and risk spectrum. He commenced his banking career with State Bank of India, where he spent over 12 years in diverse roles domestically as well as internationally. He also spent over 13 years at ABN AMRO, handling various assignments across Asia, Europe and North America. His last assignment prior to ADCB was as Group Chief Credit & Risk Officer at Arab Banking Corporation BSC. As the Bank’s first CRO, Kishore has steered the Bank’s implementation of an Enterprise-Wide Risk Framework and has played a key role in shaping the Bank’s risk strategy. He is a qualified Cost Accountant and Corporate Secretary and additionally holds a degree in physics.
Group Chief Internal Auditor
Abdirizak has been the Group Chief Internal Auditor at ADCB since 2006, having previously worked at the NASDAQ Stock Market, NASD (FINRA) and OFHEO (FHFA). He has more than 20 years of financial industry experience that spans capital markets management, accounting policy/applications, examinations and auditing, risk management, regulatory oversight, and corporate governance. Currently, he serves as an Audit Committee member of various Abu Dhabi–based companies. Abdirizak is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Seattle and a Master’s degree from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
* The titles above were changed in 2014 to include the "Group" designation.