Al Hamli had previously served as CEO of Etisalat Egypt and CEO of Etisalat Afghanistan.
Yalla Group Limited (Yalla), a voice-centric social networking and entertainment platform that operates in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has appointed former CEO of Etisalat Egypt Saeed Al Hamli as an independent director to the board of directors, effective immediately.
Al Hamli will serve as a member of the audit committee.
He is an accomplished telecommunications executive with excellent leadership skills and extensive experience navigating challenging environments. He had held leading positions in Etisalat Group as CEO of Etisalat Egypt, and CEO of Etisalat Afghanistan. He was one of the early founders of Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications in 1997 and has served in Thuraya in many other roles, including Chief Commercial Officer. He is also the founder and CEO of Seattle Project Management Services, a service provider that embraces new technology trends by investing in and partnering with leading technology companies, the company said.
Al Hamli received an Executive MBA from American University of Sharjah (AUS) in 2003 and a BSC in Electrical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in 1991.
Speaking about the appointment, Tao Yang, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Al Hamli to our Board. With his abundant leadership experience and telecommunications industry expertise, he will play a pivotal role at Yalla in terms of company oversight and governance. I look forward to working with him and we are confident that he will make significant contributions toward Yalla’s efforts to provide better services to communities in the MENA region.”
Al Hamli added: “I am excited to take on this governance role on Yalla’s board, as the Company continues to improve its products and services with enhanced technology and continuous innovation. I look forward to working with the rest of the Board to further the company’s mission.”