Behbehani Group expands senior management team

May 9, 2010 11:06 am

Shahzad Gidwani has joined the group as Deputy General Manager with immediate effect and with commercial and operational responsibilities ranging from sales and marketing, distribution and client service. With 15 years experience in sales and marketing, PR and Business Development with renowned Kuwaiti and international organizations including Wataniya Telecom and Ericsson.

He holds an MBA – International Business, Washington International University, Pennsylvania, and a BSc – in International Business with minor in Marketing, University of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

Prasanna Hardikar has also been appointed Head of Finance. He joins Behbehani from Emaar Retail LLC and his GCC experience also includes a two-year stint with Dubai-based Jashanmal National Co. LLC where he held the post of Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this, Hardikar was based in Hong Kong where he was in charge of finances for Intra Group of Companies for 13 years and VIG Management Services for a further two years. He is a Chartered Accountant from India and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Pune, India.

“As we are expanding our operations we must ensure that we rely on the best talent available in the market and these two appointments reflect Behbehani Group’s strategy to constantly invest in the most appropriate senior individuals who share with us the same passion, vision and commitment for our companies and employees,”

said Ali Behbehani, President of Behbehani Group.

Today Behbehani Group employs over 600 people across its diversified portfolio of companies which include a General Trading, Travel, a Motors Division, Air Conditioning, Communications and an Investments arm.

The Group started in 1933 with the famous watch brand Omega and has represented the Swiss timepiece maker since. Over the last 10 years the Group has acquired the crème de la crème of brands in the watch industry world wide and is recognized as one of the most successful watch retailers for the Swatch Group, Richemont and LVMH.