Ducab Group, a leading UAE-based manufacturer of cables and cabling products, has appointed Mohammed Abdul Rahman Al Mutawa as the new Group CEO, the first Emirati to hold the position.
Al Mutawa, soon after completing his industrial engineering degree from the US, joined Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) and in 2015, he became part of the Ducab family and served in several position including as chief commercial officer at Ducab Group. Most recently he served as CEO of Ducab Cable Business.
He succeeds Andrew Shaw, who led the group for the last 13 years and is now taking up an advisory role in the company's board.
On its first Emirati Group CEO appointment, Ducab said this was the result of a carefully planned succession strategy in line with its UAE national development programme.
Currently, UAE nationals hold approximately two-thirds of the senior management positions within Ducab Group, it added.
Lauding the appointment, Chairman Dr Ahmad Bin Hassan Al Shaikh said: "Since Al Mutawa joined Ducab, he has demonstrated great leadership qualities and a passion for developing the company into a world-class UAE manufacturing enterprise."
During his tenure, he has focused on strengthening Ducab’s market leadership in the UAE whilst aggressively growing the wire and cables export business that now generates about 25% of revenues and sells to over 20 countries.
As a key member of the Group’s executive management team and a talented leader with a strong understanding of Ducab’s business as a manufacturer of cable and metal products, he has been a key driver in developing the company’s 5-year strategic plan.
"This transition is evidence of Ducab’s commitment to the sustainable growth of the business and the UAE economy, paving the way towards a bright future upon the strong foundation of successes established under Shaw’s leadership," he stated.
Vice Chairman Engineer Jamal Salem AlDhaheri said: "Over the past four decades, Ducab has been a shining example of a successful partnership between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and a champion of UAE industry."
"During this period, we have raised the bar globally for quality products manufactured in the UAE. As the new Group CEO, I look forward to Al Mutawa continuing to work with all our stakeholders to grow Ducab, taking more ‘Made in UAE’ products to the world, and developing local talent within the sector," he added.-TradeArabia News Service