UAE’s DSI appoints Wael Allan new CEO as shares slump

October 10, 2016 10:55 am

  • Tough conditions in the regional building industry hit Drake & Scull International
  • Wael Allan appointed as new chief executive, replacing Khaldoun Tabari
  • DSI reported Q2 net loss of USD57 million

Dubai-listed construction and engineering company Drake & Scull International (DSI), hit by tough conditions in the regional building industry, said on Monday it had appointed Wael Allan as its new chief executive, replacing Khaldoun Tabari.

Low oil prices are forcing governments to restrain spending and thus pressuring the finances of DSI and many other construction firms in Gulf countries including Saudi Arabia, where DSI has been operating.

In mid-August, DSI reported a second-quarter net loss of 207.6 million dirhams ($57 million), compared to a profit of 10.3 million dirhams a year earlier. It is expected to report third-quarter earnings in the next few weeks.

DSI shares closed at a seven-month low of 0.44 dirham on Sunday, down 24 percent from a peak in mid-July.

Tabari will continue to serve as a non-executive board member, member of the executive committee, vice-chairman and a major shareholder, DSI said in a bourse statement on Monday. He submitted his resignation in August.

Tabari has been leading DSI since 1998, when he initially bought a stake in the company. He now owns 8.3 percent of DSI, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Allan was appointed DSI’s group chief operating officer in May this year after decades of experience at other companies in the construction sector in the Middle East, the United States and Europe.

DSI’s chief financial officer, Kailash Sadangi, told Reuters in August that the company had asked advisers for proposals to review its business and find strategic investors.


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