Deloitte's Rana Ghandour Salhab named champion of diversity on global list

02 October 2018

Deloitte Middle East’s Rana Ghandour Salhab has featured in fifth on a global list of diversity champions in business as compiled by the Financial Times, lauded for her work as a role model and advocate for the advancement of gender equality in the region.

Serving as a partner in Deloitte Middle East’s talent and communications operations, one of the first females to be admitted to the firm’s regional partnership, Rana Ghandour Salhab has for the second consecutive year featured at the pointy end of the Financial Times’ ‘HERoes; champions of women in business’ list of 200 professionals worldwide who have made a substantial difference to women’s careers – following her number one placing last year.

Having been with Deloitte in the Middle East for over 15 years, following a five-year stint as a director of human resources for Andersen based out of Cairo, the Lebanese-born Salhab is now a member of Deloitte Middle East’s executive committee and formerly its board of directors, while overseeing HR, brand and communications, corporate responsibility, and security across the 15 countries and 22 offices of the Big Four firm’s MENA division.

In addition to being a role model, Salhab has been a staunch advocate for the economic advancement of women, internally, such as through the development of the firm’s local DRAW (Deloitte retention and advancement of women) initiatives, and across the Middle East in general, featuring as a regular speaker and lobbyist on the subject of gender equality and the professional roadblocks faced by women of the Arab world.Deloitte's Rana Ghandour Salhab named champion of diversity on global listThis advocacy has seen Salhab serve in a number of capacities and on numerous boards for organisations in the region which seek to address the challenges of gender advancement and innovate solutions, including as an Executive Board member of the National Commission for Lebanese Women, which advises the Lebanese government, as well as on the advisory board of Reach, an DIFC incorporated organisation aimed at mentoring women in finance in Dubai.

On last year’s selection, Omar Fahoum, CEO of Deloitte Middle East said of Salhab and her impact on the firm; “We are honored to have Rana listed amongst the FT and HERoes global champions of women. Rana used her personal success as a springboard for the firm and its people, working to address gender diversity at all levels. Our journey is still ongoing. We are with noticeable improvements in women representation across all levels.”

Fahoum added that the firm is “taking bold steps that also include setting clear gender targets/quotas to attract and retain top talented women and provide them with the support required to progress in their careers,” which, since Salhab’s appearance on last year’s list, has included a fresh initiative to increase female representation in the firm’s traditionally male-dominated cyber practices – with the Women in Cyber project launching in the region after a successful debut in the UK in 2015. 

Recent plaudits

Salhab’s latest accolade is just one in a recent string for the firm both locally and globally, with Forbes just last month naming Dubai-based Partner and Middle East Audit Director of Operations Cynthia Corby among the 100 most influential women in the Middle East for 2018, while at a global level, Deloitte was named in Fortune’s prestigious 2018 ‘Change the World’ list, and as a top-five most attractive employer via a worldwide survey of almost 230,000 business and engineering/IT students conducted by employer branding consultancy Universum.

Meanwhile, also at the global level, Salhab was joined on the ‘HERoes; champions of women in business’ list by UK-based Deloitte colleagues Emma Codd, Managing Partner for Talent, and in the male category, David Sproul, Senior Partner & Chief Executive Officer. Altogether, more than two dozen members of the professional services sector featured across the female, male and future leaders lists, as nominated by their peers and selected by a panel with the requirement they be visible and vocal champions “working to create an environment in which women can succeed.”

Carlos Ghosn's daughters get their career starts in strategy consulting

16 April 2019

With the Ghosn affair taking yet another twist, this time concerning allegations in Oman, the world’s media remains gripped.

A highly celebrated figure in Lebanon, the case of ex-Nissan and now ex-Renault head Carlos Ghosn has captivated the media round the world, with his re-arrest and detainment in Japan on further embezzlement charges last week – this time concerning allegations in Oman – delivering the latest twist in the saga. For his part, Ghosn continues to deny the charges, labeling the latest allegations of financial impropriety as “outrageous and arbitrary”.

Much of the media fascination stems from Ghosn’s remarkable story. Born to Lebanese immigrants in Brazil, Ghosn spent much of his youth in Lebanon before moving to Paris to pursue an engineering degree – and in almost no time arriving at the very top of the global automotive industry as a feted turn-around specialist, having rescued both Renault and Nissan from probable ruin. The other factor; a cultivated lifestyle of celebrity glamour.

Front and centre in that image was Ghosn’s young family, including a son Anthony and three daughters – Caroline, Maya and Nadine – who have all grown into their own spotlight in the international business and entrepreneurial worlds. And in line with that A-list background, all three of his daughters got their career starts at the crème de la crème of the strategy and management consulting world; prestigious MBB firms McKinsey & Company and BCG.The Ghosn family affair with the international consulting sector  The eldest Ghosn daughter, Caroline, joined McKinsey in 2007 following a BA in International Relations at Stamford University – before founding professional career network Levo in 2011 with three of her McKinsey associates. Her husband, Nicholas Flanders, CEO and co-founder of carbon reduction tech-company Opus 12, (and former COO of Levo), is likewise an alumnus of McKinsey – serving for three and a half years alongside Ghosn in the firm’s New York office.

Carlos Ghosn’s second daughter got her start at Boston Consulting Group.  A regonised name in luxury fashion as the founder and creative director of Nadine Ghosn Fine Jewelry, her brand counts and Beyoncé and the recently deceased fashion icon Karl Largerfeld among its celebrity clientele. At BCG, Nadine, who also graduated Stamford, served as an associate in the firm’s luxury and consumer goods practice before joining a management programme at Hermès.

Like her eldest sister, Ghosn’s youngest daughter Maya joined McKinsey’s New York office – spending over three years there as an engagement manager before departing in 2016. Maya is now Manager, Housing Affordability for the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Pricilla Chan to promote social equality. Incidentally, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, a former McKinsey consultant, has been a mentor to Caroline and also founded, where Maya first started out as an intern.

Carlos Ghosn’s son Anthony – who has now been embroiled in his father’s affair with accusations of money being funneled via Oman toward his financial services start-up, Shogun (where he is CEO but has not been accused of any direct involvement) – didn’t get his break at an MBB, but his step-brother, Anthony Marshi, the son of Carlos Ghosn’s second wife Carole Nahas, is a partner with BCG in New York according to French newspaper Le Figaro.