Two announcements recently for C-level positions in the GCC region, showcased how blockchain is helping to fast track appointments up the corporate ladder.

The first announcement was that of The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), the Arab world’s second-largest bourse by market value, who appointed Abdulla Al Nuaimi as its new chief executive. Al Nuaimi had previously held the position of COO at ADX.

In the announcement it stated, “ Al Nuaimi played a key role in the development of the ADX’s trading platform, helping establish the first application of blockchain technology in the UAE’s financial sector.” He will seek to further accelerate the range of products and services at the ADX, the statement added.

His appointment comes at a time of heightened market activity on the ADX. The exchange has experienced a rush of initial public offerings (IPOs) in recent years. Companies that listed on the bourse last year include Borouge, the Abu Dhabi Ports Group, Abu Dhabi healthcare provider Burjeel Holdings and Bayanat, a geospatial data products and services provider owned by artificial intelligence and cloud computing company G42.

Then another C-level announcement was made by Tata Steel for its appointment of Shuja Haque, a 23 year steel industry veteran, as Regional General Manager for the Middle East region. Once again in their announcement they mentioned his role in building and executing the first ever blockchain transaction in the steel industry.

As the press release stated, “ He has contributed tangibly to the detailed mapping of several countries including Saudi Arabia, resulting in the current order book being highly skewed to the Kingdom with some key wins including the Makkah Haram expansion and some of the largest malls, hotels, airports and parks in KSA. He also played a crucial role in executing the first ever Blockchain transaction in the steel industry, a testament to his forward-thinking mindset and approach.”

In his new role he will oversee the Middle East and North Africa business with responsibilities as varied as People’s Health & Safety (EHS), P&L growth, and plant operations. Current Tata Steel projects include a few upcoming museums in the UAE, various airport expansion projects across the GCC and unique projects like Sindalah Island at NEOM in Saudi Arabia.   

These two announcements show how important blockchain and having implemented blockchain projects are in the track to C-level positions.