Bain & Company announced three new partner promotions in the Middle East, which features four office locations and a team of 300+ professionals. Tom De Waele, who was named Managing Partner of Bain & Company Middle East effective January 1 2020 welcomed the new leadership team. Since joining Bain in 2003 in Brussels and later moving to the Middle East in 2008, De Waele has been renowned for his expertise across Financial Services in the GCC and Egypt, with emphasis on large-scale multi-year transformations and merger integrations for banks, insurance players and capital market actors.
He has also actively served prominent Financial Investor and Private Equity clients across Europe and the Middle East both on the deal-side and on a number of large post-acquisition value creation programmes.
His main areas of expertise include growth strategy, mergers and acquisitions including post-merger integration, end-to-end digital transformation of sales and service, simplification and cost optimisation as well as organisation. De Waele’s philosophy is to bring the best of Bain globally to Bain’s clients in the region combined with deep insider-knowledge of the local market and ecosystem to assist them in reaching their strategic ambitions.
The three newly promoted partners are Eric Guraieb, Sami Abdul Rahman and Anne-Laure Malauzat.
Eric is an integral part of the firms Energy and Natural Resources and Performance Improvement practices. His focus lies in R&D and innovation, economic development, as well as advising regional leaders in the Oil & Gas industry on national energy policies in the Middle East. He also has expertise in advising clients on new business ventures, strategy and operation performance improvement. He holds a broad base of consulting expertise acquired in North America and the Middle East, mainly in the industrial sector, where his mastery lies in energy, infrastructure and manufacturing. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Sami Abdul Rahman
Sami is a core member of the firm’s Public Sector and Results Delivery practices with over ten years of experience advising clients across key Middle Eastern Markets. He specialised in working with governments and ministries on critical topics such as national transformation, national and regional economic development, culture, tourism, sustainability and food security. He holds a BSc. in biology and bio-systems engineering from the American University of Beirut and a MSc. in water science from Auburn University, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.
Anne is an active member of the firm’s Retail, Consumer Products and Social and Public Sector practices. She leads Bain Social Impact and co-chairs Women@Bain in the Middle East. She is an expert in turnaround and growth strategy, performance improvement, distribution and sales enhancements, customer experience transformations and commercial due diligence. She has worked with a range of private sector clients in retail, consumer products, real estate, financial services and pharmaceuticals. She has also led projects for public sector organizations around national socioeconomic development, vision planning, government transformation, education, entrepreneurship, workforce planning and innovation.
“My ambition for the next few years includes steering regional clients towards success on a regional and global level, utilising digital, big data and advanced analytics to aid and accelerate bold, future-thinking transformations,” said De Waele. “I am also focused on making sure that Bain continues to be a great place to work for the best business talent in the Middle East, who bring extraordinary creativity and focus to every client assignment. Each member of our organisation is carefully selected keeping in mind the company’s vision and mission. As we welcome the next-generation leaders, who are an integral part of the firm’s ongoing success, we wish them continued luck as they undertake their new roles.”