A telecom professional, an entrepreneur, and a well-seasoned CEO with over 28 years of experience in multiple markets in MENA region in greenfield and legacy operations. With a proven record in group & portfolio management, operations management, turnaround & transformation, technology evolution, and digitization.
Mr. Alabdooli is an expert in telecom industry as he has held many key positions like Etisalat Group Chief Executive Officer, CEO of Etisalat UAE and Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Misr.
He Chaired the technical committees that negotiated and won operation licenses for Etisalat in Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. He launched Etisalat Egypt operations in 7 months only and successfully led the turnaround and digital transformation of Etisalat UAE. During his tenure, he expanded the fibre and LTE networks coverage, hence, positioning the UAE as the first globally in terms of fibre penetration and amongst the leaders in mobile coverage. He launched the first 5G network in MENA region and has in his portfolio many other recognizable accolades.
Mr. Saleh is currently a Board Member in Mobily, and Injazat. He also, was a Board Member in Maroc Telecom Group, Deputy Chairman & Member of the Executive Committee of Etisalat Misr. In addition to the above positions, he was the Chairman of Thuraya, Chairman of Etisalat Services Holding and Board Member in Khalifa University.
Mr. Saleh received many rewards in recognition of his achievements like the Best CEO of the Year 2010 by DG Group, Second “Most Powerful” Executive among top 50 Executives in Arab companies for the year 2015 by Forbes Global 2000, Best New Entrant of 2007 by CommsMEA, etc. He is currently the sponsor MD of G42 Cloud & G42 Communications.
Mr. Saleh has graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder, USA, with a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications (with Honor) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (with Honor).