Muscat: Oman Arab Bank (OAB) announced the promotions of three of its Omani employees who are graduates of the ‘Leadership Enhancement and Development’ (LEAD) talent programme. Each of them will be taking on high responsibilities, within the hierarchy of the Bank’s top management. Mohammed Ahmad Al-Asfour, Manager of Banking Applications was promoted to Head of Banking Applications, Mohammed Al-Qassabi, IT Support Manager was promoted to Acting Head Support and Operations Services and Arif Yaqoob Al Balushi, Assistant Head of System Control and Quality Assurance was promoted to  Head of IT Governance and Quality Assurance. Each of these promotions is within the framework of the Bank’s human resources strategy, focused on talent management and career advancement.

Commenting on the new appointments, Rashad Al Musafir, CEO of OAB, said, “The LEAD Programme is one of the most significant development programmes designed by the Bank to enhance local talents. The programme is catered to building leaders from the second and third line employees, over a period of six months, enabling them to take on higher responsibilities after graduation. Mohammed Al-Asfour, from the third edition of LEAD, Arif Al Balushi, from the second edition of LEAD, and Mohammed Al Qassabi, from the first edition of LEAD, have each proven their capabilities and are well-qualified to take on these positions. This way they can further contribute towards efforts at achieving the strategic objectives of the Bank during the coming period. 

“At OAB, we are committed to developing national talents and upskilling to build a robust and dynamic management and operational team, at both the banking level and within the banking sector as well. We believe that this is an integral part of our role as a leading local banking institution, with a rich history of nearly four decades in the Sultanate” he added. 

Mohammed Al-Asfour holds a Bachelor’s degree in Internet and Computer Applications from the University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom. In his new position, he is now responsible for the management of technical support and the enhancement of related banking support systems. He has also proven his capabilities and dedication in supporting the business needs in the field of centralised solutions systems, companies, monitoring compliances, transactions and other support services while maintaining the security of the information systems. 

Mohammed Al Qassabi holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Information System from Coventry University in the United Kingdom. He will now be responsible for overseeing and ensuring the provision of IT services. This includes first-line support and end-user services at the help desks, managing IT operations, providing the necessary advice and supporting the operations of the ATM and POS system unit.

Arif Yaqoob Al Balushi holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom. In his new role, he will be in charge of leading, directing and monitoring the mechanism of information technology governance and quality assurance. This includes guaranteeing that the procedures and services of the Information Technology Department are designed to ensure the achievement of added value for all departments at OAB, taking into consideration risk and quality-related aspects, so as to achieve OAB’s strategies and objectives.

On behalf of the board of directors and the executive management of OAB, I would like to congratulate each of the three employees who have proven their capabilities and commitment. By achieving the objectives of the LEAD programme, they have been chosen accordingly to occupy these managerial positions. I am truly proud to bear witness to the presence of LEAD graduates in senior positions at Oman Arab Bank. Moreover, I wish them all the best and look forward to their success in their new positions.” Rashad concluded.

The ‘LEAD’ programme has been designed in cooperation with Inspirational Development Group (IDG) and is facilitated by a team from IDG, a globally renowned leadership and management performance consultancy. The company has channelled its long history of experience delivering high-quality and intensive work programmes to some of the most prestigious organisations in the world. Closely affiliated with the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, IDG has worked with some of the most important public and private sector companies in the region from its Middle East office based in Muscat. 

Oman Arab Bank has a rich and proud history as one of the first financial institutions to be established in the Sultanate. Today, the bank operates a nationwide network of 54 branches and representative offices with 160 ATMs spread across Oman. OAB provides a complete range of financial products and services through its OAB Online App.

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