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ERC announces appointment of new Chairman, Dr. Samir Makary

July 10, 2010 9:40 am

Dr. Makary succeeds Mr. Mahmoud Abdallah, who has agreed to continue to serve as an independent expert member of ERC’s board of directors.

“It is well known that in addition to my duties at ERC, I am both chairman of the state’s Insurance Holding Company and a strong advocate of best practices in corporate governance. I strongly believe in, and am voting for, a policy stating that no person can simultaneously be chairman of a state holding company while chairing another company with state ownership,”

said Mr. Abdallah.

A member of ERC’s Board of Directors since 2008, Dr. Makary has served as Chairman of ERC’s Technical Committee and a member of the Executive and Human Resources committees. He has over 20 years of experience in market and financial analysis and economic policy issues with a proven track record of consulting on tourism development policies and projects. In the 1990s, Dr. Makary was an author of one the first studies to examine the feasibility of Sahl Hasheesh as a major tourism destination.

“Having watched this very impressive company grow for more than a decade now, it is an honor to follow in Mr. Abdallah’s footsteps,” said Dr. Makary. “The change he has brought to this company from a corporate governance and board responsibility perspective has been remarkable. I look forward to both supporting Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Kamel’s drive to deliver outstanding operational and financial results and to safeguarding the best interests of all of our shareholders over the long term.”

A professor of Economics at the American University in Cairo, Dr. Makary has previously consulted with the Tourism Development Authority (TDA), the Holding Company for Housing, the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Desert Development Center of AUC (DDC). He holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Alexandria, earned a second M.Sc. in Economic Development from the University of Strathclyde, and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Leicester.

Sahl Hasheesh is ERC’s flagship master planned resort community on the Red Sea coast. Located just south of Hurghada, the resort features luxury accommodation and amenities, including over 1,500 currently operational hotel rooms and several residential communities targeting both residential tourists and second-home owners. Sahl Hasheesh, which is two-thirds the size of the island of Manhattan, boasts commanding sea views throughout the resort as well as the longest beach on the Red Sea.