Al Ghurair has announced Samer Alhaj as its new group chief executive officer.

The conglomerate, which has key businesses in food, resources, properties, construction, energy and ventures, stands to benefit from Alhaj’s 35 years of multi-industry experience gained in the US, Asia and the GCC region.

Alhaj joins the company from his previous role at Dubai Holding as chief financial officer, a position he had held for five years.

Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, chairman of the executive committee, said: “We are very confident that he will drive innovation in Al Ghurair in times of change, and help us achieve our vision, not only for the company but more especially for the communities that we serve.”

Other senior roles held by Alhaj include chief operating officer and chief financial officer at the Abu Dhabi Basic Industries Corporation (currently Senaat), and chief executive officer of Waha Capital, both in Abu Dhabi.

Al Ghurair’s construction sector has served the regional industry with building materials such as aluminium and readymix for more than 50 years.

The company also provided the world’s highest façade installation for the Burj Khalifa.