Al-Futtaim Appoints Best Buy Executive to its Board



    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - Al-Futtaim today announced
the appointment of Robert (Bob) Willett as a non-executive board director. The
appointment is effective from August 2009.
    Robert is currently Chief Executive Officer of Best Buy International,
the US-based multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products
where he leads a multi channel portfolio which includes stores in China,
Mexico, Canada, Turkey and nine countries in Europe. He is also responsible
for Enterprise Global sourcing, Supply chain, Corporate development and
information technology. Robert is also Chairman of Best Buy Europe, a joint
venture company with Carphone Warehouse.
    Omar A. Al-Futtaim, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Al-Futtaim
said: "I look forward to welcoming Bob to the Board. I am confident he will
bring considerable strategic experience to the Group and enable us to become
truly customer centric throughout our portfolio of companies."
    Robert, who began his career with Marks & Spencer in the UK, has
distinguished himself creditably on the international retailing landscape by
holding group CEO and managing director positions in major companies across
Europe.
    Prior to Best Buy, Robert was Global Managing Partner and Executive
Committee member of the global management consultancy Accenture's retail
practice. Robert is also a member of the LightHaus Logic Board, an analytics
systems provider in Canada.
    Al-Futtaim, the UAE based private conglomerate and one of Middle East's
foremost business houses is structured into seven operational divisions -
Automotive, Engineering, Electronics & Technology, Retail, Financial Services,
General Services, Real Estate and Joint Ventures. Today Al-Futtaim operates
through more than 65 companies in 12 countries in sectors as diverse as
commerce, industry and services.

    Notes to Editors:

    About Al-Futtaim

    Established in the 1930s, Al-Futtaim initially operated as a trading
company. Rapid development throughout the 1940s and 1950s saw the company
establish itself regionally as an integrated commercial, industrial and
services organisation, positioning itself as one of the leading businesses in
the lower Gulf region. Headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
Al-Futtaim is structured into seven operational divisions; Automotive,
Engineering, Electronics & Technology, Retail, Financial Services, General
Services, Real Estate and Joint Ventures. Today, Al-Futtaim operates through
more than 65 companies in sectors as diverse as commerce, industry and
services, and employs in excess of 20,000 people across the UAE, Bahrain,
Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Pakistan,
Singapore and Europe. The majority of businesses, built on a portfolio of
world leading brands, dominate their sector. The success of Al-Futtaim is
attributed to proactively managing change while upholding the values of
integrity, service and social responsibility.





For further information:

For further information: Charles Awad, Head of Corporate Communications,
Al-Futtaim, Tel +971-4-228-2101, Fax +971-4-227-9801, Email
charles.awad@gmasco.com

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