Board & Management

Board of Directors
  • Dr. Riad Obegi

    Chairman
    Chairman of Obegi Group, Dr. Riad Obegi is also Chairman of the BEMO Group of banks and financial institutions, Chairman of Unifert Holding Lebanon, Vice- Chairman of Fertitrust Holding in Luxembourg, who are part of the Obegi Group holding. Dr. Riad Obegi is also Board member of Obegi Chemicals Group.

    Dr. Riad Bechara Obegi is a member of the third-generation of the Obegi family. He has over 35 years of extensive banking management experience. He joined the family business founded by his Grand father in 1905 which has grown into the Obegi Group, a regional network of companies including banks and financial institutions, agri-business, chemicals and consumer goods, throughout the Middle East and Europe.

    Dr. Riad Obegi graduated in 1981 with a BA in Business Law from the University of Paris ASSAS and a Master in Business Administration from Paris IX Dauphine, followed in 1982 by a Degree in Economy and Finance from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. In 1997, he attended the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School. He completed his Ph. D. in Economics from Lyon Lumière University in 2008 and his dissertation was published under the title, Risque et Crédit:  “Le Certificat Hypothécaire, Une Solution pour Les Pays Emergents” and is presently in its second printing.
  • Mr. Yordan Obegi

    Vice-Chairman and CEO
    Vice-Chairman and CEO of Obegi Group, Mr. Yordan Obegi is also Chairman and CEO of the Obegi Chemicals Group, Chairman of Obegi Consumer Goods Holding, Chairman of Obegi Home. He is also Board member of Unifert Group, of Al Wadi AL Akhdar company and Vice President of the foundation; Yordan- Marie Obegi "FYMO"

    Mr. Yordan Bechara Obegi is a member of the third-generation of the Obegi family and has extensive experience in the various businesses of the Group. He joined the family business founded by his Grand father in 1905, which has grown into the Obegi Group, a regional network of companies including banks and financial institutions, agri-business, chemicals and consumer goods, throughout the Middle East and Europe. 

    Mr. Yordan Obegi has French and Lebanese Baccalauréat, a Master in Business Administration from Paris-IX Dauphine University, France and an Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA
  • Mr. Henry Obegi

    Board member

    Mr. Henry Obegi is currently the founder and CEO of the French tech company Shoki.

    Related link: https://shoki.fr

    Mr. Henry Obegi is a member of the fourth generation of the Obegi family. He holds a Bachelor in Applied Mathematics from University of Paris IX Dauphine - France, a Master in International Management from ESADE Business School - Spain and a Msc in Management from the CEMS Alliance obtained at the Keio University - Japan.

     

  • Mr. Xavier Michon

    Board member
    Board member at Obegi Group, Mr. Xavier Michon has more than four decades of experience in international banking, gained with major institutions both in North America and Europe.

    He has an extensive experience as Corporate banker and private banking. Mr. Xavier Michon held senior executive positions including Head of Private Banking at Banque Paribas and President of its brokerage firm, until his retirement.

    French citizen and holder of a Canadian passport, Mr. Xavier Michon has also been travelling extensively in Europe and the Gulf countries. Mr. Xavier Michon has a Bachelor in literature from the Sorbonne University and is graduates from the “Institut de Sciences Politiques” in Paris.
  • Mr. Peter Baltussen

    Board member
    Board member at Obegi Group, Mr. Peter Baltussen is also Managing Director of a multi-family office in Dubai and founding partner of Linktia since 2017, an investment company with the objective to invest in digital disruption and social impact in Latin America.
     
    Mr.  Peter P. M. Baltussen has an extensive experience of more than 30 years in the banking sector. After having worked for ABN Amro Bank in a number of roles and geographies, Peter Baltussen was appointed as Chief Executive Officer at publicly listed banks in the UAE (Commercial Bank of Dubai 2006 - 2017) and Saudi Arabia (Saudi Hollandi Bank 2001 - 2004). He is a recognized leader in the GCC banking sector, having transformed the banks he managed into profitable, efficient and progressive institutions that are operating at the highest international standards.
    Mr. Peter Baltussen has a deep knowledge of most aspects of universal banking and has chaired credit and risk management committees, ALM committees, HR committees and IT/ITGRC committees. He has been a Board member of Saudi Hollandi Bank and Lease Plan Spain.    
     
    Mr.  Peter P. M. Baltussen has a Master of Business Economics | Erasmus University in Rotterdam.
     
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OBEGI Group Management
  • Mr. Roy Faraj

    Chief Financial Officer
    Chief Financial Officer of Obegi Group, Mr. Roy Faraj manages the financials of Obegi Group Holding. His role has been critical to support and advise the CEOs and Boards of the various entities of the Group on all financial related matters and investment projects, throughout the Middle East and Europe, covering a wide variety of businesses, including Agri-business, Chemicals, Consumer goods and Luxury Interiors.

    Mr. Roy Faraj has more than 20 years of experience in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods at Obegi Consumer Products Holding, one of the Obegi Group subsidiaries, a leading FMCG company in Lebanon and the Levant countries. He held senior management and executives positions related to finance, project management.

    Lebanese citizen, Mr. Roy has lived since then in his home country and has been travelling across Middle East and Europe.

    Mr. Roy Faraj has a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the American University of Beirut and three master degrees; in Management (MBA) and in Marketing from L’ Ecole Superieure des Affaires and in Finance and Treasury from HEC Lausanne.
  • Mr. Adel Satel

    Chief Risk Officer
    Group Chief Risk Officer of Obegi Group, Mr. Adel Satel is also Board member and partner in Obegi Consumer Products Holding company and Chairman of Al Wadi AL Akhdar company. In his role of Group Chief Risk Officer, he has the mission to institutionalize the risk culture across the various entities of the Group, throughout the Middle East and Europe, covering a wide variety of businesses, including Agri-business, Chemicals, Consumer goods and Luxury Interiors.

    Mr. Adel Satel has more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector. Prior to joining Obegi Group, Mr. Adel Satel has spent ten years as the Group Chief Risk Officer of Bank Audi, one of the large leading banks in Lebanon. Mr. Adel has also spent fifteen years at Moody’s Investor Service in New York, London and Cyprus where he was Managing Director of EMEA Banking. Mr. Adel has also spent five years working in R&D for GTE Communications Services in the United States of America.

    Mr. Adel Satel was born and raised in Lebanon and has worked and studied in the USA, France, Cyprus and the United Kingdom.

    Mr. Adel Satel received his Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the American University of Beirut in 1984, a Master Degree in Electrical Engineering from Yale University in 1985 and a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD in 1992.
  • Mr. Pios Habib Coussa

    Chief Operating Officer, CHO project
    As Chief Operating Officer of the CHO project (Certificat Hypothecaire Obegi) within Obegi Group, Mr. Pios Coussa manages a very innovative project related to Real Estate property and Banking, an idea originated by Dr. Riad Obegi.

    Mr. Pios Coussa has 30 years of experience in the Agribusiness and Fast Moving Consumer Goods, among others at Obegi Consumer Products Holding, one of the Obegi Group subsidiaries, a leading FMCG company in Lebanon and the Levant countries. He previously acted as a General Manager at Al WADI AL AKHDAR SAL for many years, part of Obegi Group, a leading brand in Lebanon. He was as well the General Manager of CARAIBOS France, which was part of Obegi Group at that time, a Tropical Fruit Juice company in France for over 15 years.

    Lebanese citizen, Mr. Pios Coussa has a Degree DEA in Economy (1987) and a Degree DEA in Business Administration Strategy from Paris IX Dauphine (1986). He also has a Master in Business Administration (1984) and was graduated in Business Administration from St. Joseph University, Beirut (1982)
  • Mr. Toufic Corban

    Head of Real Estate
    As Head of Real Estate and In-House Architect of Obegi Group, Mr. Toufic Corban has the mission to lead, develop and optimize, at a Group level, the Real Estate Portfolio of the Obegi Group and the Obegi Family in addition to providing access to strategically selected novel business opportunities, locally and globally; structuring transaction and raising equity with the aim to safeguard growth and increase profitability.

    Mr. Toufic Corban is an experienced Architect and Certified Project Manager benefitting from more than 15 years of experience in steering Real Estate development projects for globally established and leading family owned corporations alike the Obegi Group at present and CMA CGM the eminent shipping company (year 2000 to 2009). Mr. Toufic Corban has a solid expertise in Architecture & Engineering, Planning & Scheduling, Contracting & Procuring, Project Management & Contract Administration (FIDIC). He is also knowledgeable in Corporate Communication, Branding, Public Speaking and Relation, Event management & planning, Negotiation, Business Strategy & Expansion.

    Lebanese and Brazilian citizen, Mr. Toufic Corban currently resides in Lebanon and commutes across the Middle East. He also acts as the lead teaching Professor of Project Management at the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA), Beirut, Lebanon.

    Mr. Toufic Corban has a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA), Lebanon, as well as a degree in Project Management (PMI) in addition to other certificates in Business Management.
  • Mr. Pierre Kairouz

    Director of Human Resources
    As Director of Human Resources of Obegi Group, Mr. Pierre Kairouz leads the Human Resources function at the Group level. In his role, he provides support to CEOs and senior Executives and has the mission to build a highly professional HR organization as well as to establish good governance and best practices in Human resources. He also has an influential role in Corporate Development, Corporate Governance and in building synergies across the Group.

    Previously to joining Obegi Group, Mr. Pierre Kairouz has gained more than 25 years of experience in Europe, Middle East and international markets, in a wide variety of sectors, such as, Health and Beauty care, Pharmaceuticals, Capital goods and Consulting. He held several leading roles in reputable international organizations and family businesses with global and regional responsibilities, in marketing, Business Development and Human Resources. Mr. Pierre Kairouz was Head of Group HR for a large family business specialized in capital goods, with global responsibilities, and most recently Director of HR of a Swiss pharmaceutical biotech firm before joining Obegi Group.

    Swiss and Lebanese citizen, Mr. Pierre Kairouz lived in Lebanon, Switzerland and Brazil and obtained a Master in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) in 1986. He also obtained various certificates in leadership and marketing from the Institute of Management Development Institute (IMD) in Switzerland.