Sigma Paints appoints Saleh Al-Zahrani as Middle East GM

Saleh Al-Zahrani, Sigma Paints general manager for Middle East
Updated 02 August 2017

Sigma Paints appoints Saleh Al-Zahrani as Middle East GM

Sigma Paints has announced the appointment of Saleh Al-Zahrani as the company’s new general manger for the Middle East.
“Al-Zahrani’s appointment will play a critical role in supporting Sigma Paints’ continual growth strategy and driving its leadership position in the paints and coatings market, which is reinforced through strategic business plans, increased technology and innovation, and talent investment,” a press release said.
Al-Zahrani’s primary objective in his new role is to increase the company’s customer portfolio across its extensive range of architectural, protective coatings and specialty paints products and services. Additionally, he will drive and support the sales and business relationship management teams.
“Al-Zahrani comes with a wealth of experience and outstanding credentials in delivering growth strategies and exploring untapped latent market opportunities. Al-Zahrani will bring focus and experience to our activities in architectural and protective coatings markets. These are the core market segments that Sigma Paints is committed to growing in the Middle East,” the press release added.
With a career spanning over 25 years, Al-Zahrani has previously held senior roles in several organizations.
He said: “Sigma Paints is a leading global company that is synonymous with creating innovative solutions, tailor-made for its customers regardless of their size, structure or industry sector. As a local manufacturer of paints and coatings products, we will focus on developing and supporting products that meet the demands of the market. With recent investment in our manufacturing capacity and local research and development facilities we are well-positioned to support the needs of our customers.
“Drawing on my previous experiences, I will continue to work closely with our dedicated channel network and sales team to help implement strategies to support our continued success, explore new sectors, attract new customers and increase our footprint.”
Sigma Paints was launched in 1981 in Dammam, wherein four Saudi businessmen joined forces with Sigma Coatings. After numerous mergers and acquisitions, the company has grown over the years as a force in the architectural, marine, protective and packaging market segments in the Middle East.


Khalaf Al Habtoor extends timely medical assistance to Lebanese hospitals

Updated 05 August 2020

Khalaf Al Habtoor extends timely medical assistance to Lebanese hospitals

  • Al Habtoor will arrange one-month’s worth of urgent medical supplies for hospitals in the country that have more than 1,000 beds
  • The Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital at Hrar in northern Lebanon will open up auxiliary treatment support for patients who are unable to be accommodated in Beirut hospitals

DUBAI: Khalaf Al Habtoor, the founding chairman of Al Habtoor Group (AHG), based in the UAE, is reaching out with timely aid for the Lebanese people after the massive explosion at a Beirut port on Tuesday, August 4, that devastated many neighborhoods, leaving more than a hundred dead people and thousands injured.

Al Habtoor, known for his philanthropic activities in the UAE and abroad, said he will extend all possible efforts within his means to aid the affected people in Lebanon as a first step of a multi-pronged assistance plan. As a first step, Al Habtoor will arrange one-month’s worth of urgent medical supplies for hospitals in the country that have more than 1,000 beds. The hospitals to be aided through this initiative include Haroun Hospital, Al Makasid Hospital, Levant Hospital, Rizk Hospital, Rafic Hariri Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital and the Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital, Hrar.

Additionally, the Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital at Hrar in northern Lebanon will open up auxiliary treatment support for patients who are unable to be accommodated in Beirut hospitals, conducting at least 100 operations for those injured in the explosion. To help those who require much needed recovery and recuperation assistance, the hospital will also rent out a nearby hotel, which will act as a temporary off-site field hospital for post-operative care and treatment.

More than 300,000 people have been left homeless by the blast, which tore through several dozen neighborhoods close to the port area, razing several buildings and shattering glass windows in a much wider area outside the blast zone. Two hotels owned by Habtoor Hospitality in Beirut, Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand and Hilton Metropolitan Palace, have been damaged in the fallout of the explosion.

Al Habtoor said: “The country and people of Lebanon have always had a special place in my heart. This explosion which has devastated the capital city in the midst of an already severe economic crisis has left the common people badly shaken. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and will leave no stone unturned in reaching them the best possible emergency and medical aid, post-operative care and temporary accommodation for those rendered homeless by the tragic event.”

He added that the cries of the Lebanese people for help have been heard and that it was important to respond by offering the right kind of assistance and treatment, in terms of quantity, quality and the timing it reaches the people.

The visionary entrepreneur and philanthropist has extended generous contribution to Lebanon in various forms over the last decade, including refugee aid programs, Ramadan campaigns, wintertime distribution of food packages and blankets, the establishment of The Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital, and a multitude of charitable donations.