Dubai-based logistics company, Aramex, has appointed a new CEO following Bashar Obeid’s resignation.
Obeid, whol is being replaced by Othman Aljeda, will support a smooth transition of responsibilities.
Othman joined Aramex 1994, and over the last two decades, he has stepped up in several leadership roles to strengthen the Company’s business in the GCC, Asia, and North America and Europe.
From 2007 to 2017, Othman set up Aramex’s first regional office in Asia and spearheaded its expansion plans in the region, establishing major hubs in Hong Kong and Singapore.
In 2015, he played an integral role in leading Aramex’s first successful acquisition of Mail Call in Australia. In 2016, Othman was at the forefront of Aramex’s most significant acquisition of Fastway Couriers in Australia and New Zealand.
In 2017, he was named Aramex’s Regional CEO in Europe, North America and Asia. In 2020, in addition to his Regional CEO responsibilities, he also served as Interim Chief Operating Officer for six months, ensuring stability and continuity through a challenging, unprecedented pandemic.
“We congratulate Othman and welcome him as the new CEO of Aramex,” said Captain Mohamed Juma Alshamsi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aramex.
“Othman’s knowledge and wealth of experience in the industry, coupled with his deep understanding of what drives Aramex and its people will help further progress our journey and reinforce our leading position in our core markets.
“In his new role, Othman will continue to focus on driving our ambitious growth strategy, build on our global partnerships and guide Aramex through this new and exciting chapter.”
In welcoming Othman to his new role Obeid said: “It has been my pleasure and privilege to be part of the Aramex family for the past 28 years, and I am honoured to pass the reins to Othman.
“He has been with Aramex for over 27 years, and we have worked closely together on strengthening Aramex’s network and presence in Asia and Europe.
“Othman is a well-respected leader with a proven track record of driving change and constantly innovating to consistently deliver results year after year. He is deeply committed to the Aramex vision, and its values, and I am confident his extensive experience, coupled with the support of the Aramex team of exceptional leaders and talented employees will ensure Aramex is on course to deliver on its promise to its people, customers, and shareholders.”
Othman Aljeda, CEO of Aramex, said: “I am honoured and excited to be appointed as the CEO of Aramex and look forward to working closely with the rest of our team to continue to develop the business and create stakeholder value over the coming years.
“I would like to thank the Board of Directors and the leadership team for this opportunity, and show my gratitude to Bashar as well as the inspirational legacy he leaves behind, notably the digitally transformed and people empowered business he helped take to new heights.
“Aramex is a trusted market leader with a powerful growth story and is well-positioned to navigate and thrive in these unprecedented times. Along with the rest of the management team, we will continue to build on our solid foundation, capitalise on our strengths, grow our industry verticals, and take the lessons we learned from the pandemic to find the most innovative solutions and create greater value for our customers.”
Obeid, who announced his decision to step down on 29 April 2021, reflected on his last 28 years with the company with great pride.
“I am grateful and humbled to have had the privilege of growing within this organisation and serving as CEO.
“When I joined Aramex in 1993, I remember immediately being absorbed by the entrepreneurial and innovative culture. I have had the opportunity to learn, mentor, and spend time with so many talented people who are truly passionate about what they do and are unstoppable in developing seamless experiences that connect the globe.
“Working shoulder to shoulder with my fellow Aramexians and helping build the Aramex of the future is one of my most cherished experiences.
“I am grateful to our Founder Fadi Ghandour, the Board and the Aramex Management team, who have played an integral part in driving the Aramex growth story. In a challenging global environment, our company is well-positioned to achieve its strategic vision, scale new heights and strengthen its place as a leading industry player in its core markets.”
Earlier this year, Aramex reported record Q4 revenue.