12 CEOs kickstart new group with first meeting

The world’s largest peer-advisory group, VISTAGE, has launched its founding group in the UAE, following the group’s successful debut in the region earlier this year.

VISTAGE is the world’s leading CEO coaching organisation with a network of 27,000 leaders, CEOs and business owners across more than 24 countries.

“It’s lonely at the top” is something I often hear from business leaders. There is a permanent need for leaders and business owners to meet like-minded peers and explore new ideas, learn from similar experiences and make better decisions,” said Nathan Farrugia, Managing Director of Vistage International UAE.

After a series of discovery sessions showcasing the value of peer-advisory groups for CEOs and business owners over the past months, VISTAGE has launched its founding group in the Gulf with an inaugural meeting in August.

12 CEOs make up the founding group from a range of industries including technology, hospitality, media, FMCG, e-commerce, manufacturing and education. Every month these leaders meet to share experiences, learn from each other, challenge their thinking and work on their business strategies.

“Covid taught us in many ways that the world is flat. Global shortages affected us almost in every way and with borders closing, perhaps the most felt was the brain drain with talent and human resource scarcity.”

“We are navigating uncharted territory with many uncertainties. There will no doubt be many lessons to learn and opportunities to uncover along the way. If there’s a time to expand your network globally and tap into knowledge from businesses around the world, it is now”, said Farrugia

According to internal research, VISTAGE members grow on average 2.2 times their industry rate, thrive in volatile situations and grow sustainable businesses that are recognised by Fortune as well as their industry peers. 

External high-level speakers are flown in by VISTAGE to provide thought leadership and new insights to the business leaders, who are also supported by qualified executive coaches and a members care team. 

VISTAGE members have ongoing access to the business leaders around the world: interacting, exchanging ideas and networking with their peers globally. These relationships open opportunities for business growth supply chain and diversification, and many members make use of the value this network brings to them and their business.

VISTAGE is now recruiting members to fill subsequent groups in Dubai and will be expanding to other areas within the UAE over the coming months. 

Business leaders who would like to contribute as well as gain from interacting with high-level leaders and want to invest their time to grow their business can visit www.vistage.ae or reach out to nathan@vistage.ae for more information.

About Vistage

Since 1957, Vistage has been bringing together high-integrity executives and business owners into private advisory groups. Each group is purpose-built to help members support each other, improve performance and outcomes of their businesses.

With experts from sectors as diverse as retail and construction, finance and marketing, the Vistage network is growing rapidly with members benefiting from the likes of knowledge sharing to accessing key government policy resources.

Groups such as women in business and family business clusters allow specialists in small, medium and large-scale businesses to find experts in their chosen field or sector and discuss best practices and develop mutually beneficial relationships.

The group also conducts events, private coaching and online group discussions for its valued members.

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