Some of the most eminent business personalities of the UAE, with enviable reputations of leading large organisations constitute our Board of Directors.
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Marka’s world class management team, led by chief executive officer Nick Peel, combines decades of experience in the international retail industry.
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Bruce Bowman brings over 20 years of retail experience gained across Europe, the Middle East and Africa to his role as Chief Operating Officer at Marka Holding. He has been based primarily within the Gulf region since 2001, enjoying roles in the luxury and high street sectors of the dynamic and ever-changing regional retail market.
As COO for Marka, Bowman is responsible for developing its beauty, hospitality and sports divisions via franchise agreements, unique retail concepts and new acquisitions.
Prior to joining Marka, Bowman led the entry and development of the Indochinese market as Director and General Manager for DFS - the world’s largest travel retailer and part of the LVMH Group portfolio. At DFS he managed the company’s expanding airport dutyfree operations in the Middle East. His role with LVMH was preceded by his position at Al-Futtaim as Head of Retail for Marks & Spencer, where he led the operations across the middle east.
Wassim has 25 years of finance and audit expertise. He has worked with leading regional companies including Al Ghurair Group and Masafi Mineral Water Company. In addition, he has extensive operational experience supporting expanding businesses gained as Director of Finance of American University of Sharjah and the University of Sharjah; during his tenure university grew from 700 to more than 10,000 students.
With more than 13 years of legal experience, Fatima has extensive experience working in the UAE, especially on corporate governance, franchising, joint ventures, shareholding agreements, with a special focus on the retail and F&B sectors. Prior to joining Marka, she served as Vice Chairman and General Legal Counsel at Al Salman Advocates & Legal Consultants and was a Senior Associate at HLP law firm for six years.
As Chief Human Resources Officer for Marka, Halyna has oversight and responsibility for an overall HR function. She has more than 10 years of regional experience gained at Al Tayer Group in Dubai, where she worked as the General Manager – Human Resources for Al Tayer Retail division. Prior to that, she worked for Harrods Ltd in London, also in Human Resources. She holds an MBA and a Chartered Membership at CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).
Rajaa Obeid is the Operations Director for Marka Hospitality, a role which will see him working closely with the hospitality team, to enhance the guests’ experience, creating a pleasant and memorable experience for our guests and fun working environment for his team.
Rajaa has had around 20 years of experience in hospitality, and 15 years in Dubai most notably at Jumeirah Emirates Towers and Jumeirah Beach Hotel as Food and Beverage Duty Manager and Division Manager in Al Tayer Group.Rajaa was responsible for opening a lot of new concepts and brands, such as; Armani Cafes, Magnolia Bakery and Almaz by Momo. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration Hospitality Management.
Roy Haddad is an experienced senior manager with a 29-year track record in supply chain and logistics. His experienceincludes multinational conglomerates Airlink International, Danzas-DHL Air Ocean, NK Express, American Express and Continental Airlines. Prior to joining Marka, Roy was the Head of Logistics at Retailcorp, where he was instrumental in the coordination and management of the company’s overseas branches. Roy holds BA Degrees in Management and Marketing and Computer Science from Columbus State University, USA
With over 10 years of experience in the UAE retail industry and with extensive knowledge of investor relations and government regulations, Fadi played a fundamental role securing the funding and approvals required to establish Marka as a Public Joint Stock Company (PJSC). His past experiences involve business management, HR and legal at Ginza and Evolvence Capital. At Marka, he holds a dual role focused on Government Affairs and Investor Relations.
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