Accenture appoints Khaled Al-Dhaher as managing director for Saudi Arabia

24 May 2018

Accenture has appointed experienced IT business executive Khaled Al-Dhaher its new country managing director for Saudi Arabia as the firm seeks to advance its digital consulting practice in the Kingdom.

Tasked with managing operations and driving Accenture’s digital consulting strategy in the Kingdom, Khaled Al-Dhaher brings over 25 years of leadership experience to the new role, having operated in the domains of enterprise software, strategic planning, business development, strategy and strategic partnerships among others for some of the biggest tech names on the planet, serving public and private sector clients across a broad range of industries.

Al-Dhaher crosses from the managing director role he has held with Hewlett-Packard in Saudi Arabia since 2013, where he successfully expanded the business-focused HP Enterprise Group’s local market-share, prior to which he’d served in a variety of senior roles for all of Microsoft, Oracle, and AT&T in the UAE, from General Manager at Microsoft for seven years between Dubai and Riyadh, to Professional Services Manager at AT&T in Dubai.

Accenture’s regional managing director in the Middle East and Turkey, Omar Boulos, said of the appointment; “We are delighted to welcome Khaled to lead Accenture in Saudi Arabia, where we take an innovation-led approach to help our clients ‘imagine and invent’ their future now. Khaled’s wealth of experience will help us continue to deliver our promise to clients: to make them future-ready, world-class institutions and embrace the government’s transformation and innovation agenda as outlined in Saudi Vision 2030.”Khaled Al-Dhaher, Managing Director - accentureIn addition to his wealth of professional experience, Al-Dhaher holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, following a Masters in Computer Science & Engineering obtained in 1986 from the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals in Dhahran – beginning his tertiary education in the field in 1980, the year that Microsoft released its first ever operating system Xenix, which it acquired under license from AT&T.

Since earning his doctorate, Al-Dhaher has continued with his vocational development, completing an Executive Management programme with the Wharton School of Penn University, along with executive courses in Entrepreneurial Development and business-strategy related Artificial Intelligence with the Sloan School at M.I.T. – the latter topic gaining increasing traction in the consulting realm, with Sia Partners recently hosting a conference on AI for executives in Dubai, and BCG selecting the theme for its annual Middle East CEO Forum earlier this month.

Accenture, itself, is no stranger to the subject of AI in the Middle East, suggesting in a recent report that the region could boost its gross value add by nearly $400 billion by 2035 through the technology, with Saudi Arabia accounting for $215 billion of this potential at a level of economic growth described as ‘unparalleled’ by the firm’s managing director of Financial Services for the Middle East and Turkey, Amr El Saadani.

Al-Dhaher will be responsible for leading Accenture’s digital consulting strategy in Saudi Arabia at a time when competition for digital transformation and service contracts continues to heat up, with the Saudi government reportedly seeking to soon consolidate its various consulting channels into single colossal contracts, and the Big Four firm Deloitte set to establish a Digital Delivery Centre in the Kingdom with the support of the Saudi Ministry of Communication and Information Technology.

On his new challenge, Al-Dhaher said; “With Accenture looking to drive digital consulting and transformation in the Kingdom, this is an exciting time to be joining this reputable company. My priority is to work closely with our clients in the public and private sectors as well as our partners in the Kingdom to create robust solutions and achieve tangible economic growth.”


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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.