Steve Klemme appointed as head of Middle East in Barclays private bank and overseas services

Steve Klemme
Updated 10 November 2017
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Steve Klemme appointed as head of Middle East in Barclays private bank and overseas services

Barclays has announced that Steve Klemme will be joining as the head of Middle East in private bank and overseas services.
With over 30-year experience in leading Middle East regional teams for global financial institutions, Klemme brings a unique depth and range of specialist expertise that will support the delivery of a high-growth strategy for private bank and overseas services across the region.
He and his teams, based in Dubai, Switzerland and London, will develop and strengthen relationships with Middle Eastern high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients through the delivery of bespoke advice and solutions and access to corporate and investment banking products and services.
Karen Frank, CEO, private bank and overseas services, Barclays, said: “This year we have completed a series of strategic appointments to deliver increased growth and returns. I’m excited to see our all new colleagues take up their seats because it shows the ambition of what we want to achieve for our clients. Klemme’s appointment significantly advances our plans to strengthen our capabilities in the Middle East.”
Francesco Grosoli, head of private bank for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: “Klemme’s track record in the Middle East, together with his technical expertise, will enable Barclays to originate and deliver a full range of banking, investment and credit capabilities tailored to the specific needs of our clients in the region. Klemme will focus on growing our Middle East market, by expanding and deepening our client relationships and delivering solutions from across Barclays International.”


ADIB becomes first bank to join UAEIIC

Updated 23 June 2018
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ADIB becomes first bank to join UAEIIC

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB), a leading financial institution, has joined the UAE International Investors Council (UAEIIC), making it the first bank in the UAE to become a member in the council. This comes following an approval from the board of directors of the UAEIIC, headed by Sultan bin Saeed Al-Mansoori, UAE minister of economy.

Through this membership, ADIB will join government decision-makers, locally and internationally, with the support of the UAE’s minster of economy, to help remove obstacles, strengthen foreign investment relations and support sustainable economic development.

Khamis Buharoon, vice chairman and acting CEO at ADIB, said: “We are proud to be the first bank to join the UAE’s Investors Council. We are also committed to the development of Emirati investments, which are critical to economic diversification and the UAE’s global economic competitiveness. Important measures have already been taken to secure support and protection and to overcome any challenges faced by Emirati investors abroad, and we look forward to playing an instrumental role in building on these efforts.”

He added: “The establishment of the UAE International Investors Council forms part of broader efforts to advance economic diversification policies that complement the expansion and growth of the UAE’s private sector as well as create a favorable environment that supports national companies investing abroad. The council provides a vital link between investors interested in promising opportunities available in countries with close ties to the UAE and governmental and semi-governmental entities to streamline the investment process. It also serves as a pillar for ensuring the protection of UAE capital abroad through advice, guidance, and logistic support.”

Jamal Saif Al-Jarwan, secretary-general of the Emirates Council for overseas investors, said: “We have the honor to join Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank as an active member of the council, which contributes to enhancing the role of the council’s working environment to support the state’s economic development and to keep pace with developments in the economic, investment and banking sectors in general, since the measure of success depended not only on financial results but also on how it dealt with the needs changing markets, innovative and sophisticated solutions that keep pace with rapid global changes and shifts in those sectors.”

He added: “Emirati investment abroad plays a vital role in more than 70 countries in the world and has a great impact on the soft and reputed power of our young state in the world, which is a great achievement and a strong demonstration of the path of investment of the Emirati investors in the right direction.”