Facebook appoints former consultant as new managing director for MENA

23 November 2018 Consultancy-me.com

Social media giant Facebook has named former consulting executive Ramez Shehadi as its new managing director for the Middle East and North Africa.

As the company seeks to gain ground in the Middle East, global social media giant Facebook has named experienced management consultant Ramez Shehadi as its new Managing Director for the MENA region. In a media release, Facebook stated that Shehadi will be tasked with leading the commercial growth of the social media platform’s growing portfolio of apps, services and business offerings across the region.

“The ever-evolving MENA region continues to be a key market for Facebook, with over 181 million people using the platform every month,” explained Facebook Vice President of Middle East, Turkey and Africa Ari Kesisoglu. “Ramez’s depth of global experience in industry and technology strategy will help us further drive impact amongst individuals, communities and institutions in the region.”

“We remain only 1 percent finished in our journey and look forward to seeing Ramez lead our MENA team into the next chapter of Facebook’s story in the region and beyond,” Kesisoglu added, with the firm noting the extensive experience in “establishing, scaling and running regional and global lines of business and cross-industry portfolios” Shehadi brings to the role.Ramez Shehadi, Managing Director - FacebookBased in the Middle East since 2001, Shehadi previously headed Booz Allen Hamilton’s MENA business and technology consulting practice as a Senior Partner and Managing Director for nearly three and a half years. In an earlier close to seven-year stint with Booz Allen Hamilton (from 2001 to 2008) Shehadi served as MENA Regional Leader of Information Technology Practice, before crossing to spin-off Booz & Company.

At Booz & Company (now Strategy&), where he worked for more than six years until 2014, Shehadi was a Vice President and global co-lead of Booz Digital and the firm’s digitisation platform. Earlier in his career, Shehadi spent three years with A.T. Kearney’s Strategic Information Technology Practice in the US and Canada, after crossing from the field of industrial engineering, in which he holds a masters degree.

In addition to his consulting career, Shehadi sits on several boards, including as a member of the board of directors for logistics provider Amarex, as a member of the board of trustees for the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA), and as a fellow / moderator for The Aspen Institute's Middle East Leadership Initiative, which brings together transformational leaders to address community challenges and needs.

Commenting on his new challenge, Shehadi said, “Digital transformation is well underway across the region, driven by demand for secure, fast and personalised online experiences throughout social communities and public and private sectors. I am excited to join the Facebook team at such a time and look forward to helping shape and drive the strategy in MENA, ensuring that the market remains prioritised and a source of information globally.”

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

16 April 2019 Consultancy-me.com

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 Leanin.org, 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.