Dubai's Hala appoints new CEO
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Dubai’s Hala appoints new CEO

Dubai’s Hala appoints new CEO

Basil Hovakeemian replaces Clemence Dutertre who has become vice president of marketing for Careem


Hala, a joint venture between Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA) and Careem, has appointed Basil Hovakeemian as the new CEO, following his role as the director of strategy and expansion for two years.

During his previous role, Hovakeemian was responsible for the company’s strategic direction, helping bring affordable app booking to the city, and playing a key role in the company’s growth, a statement said.

Hovakeemian’s appointment follows top management changes at Careem and Hala, with former CEO, Clemence Dutertre, becoming vice president of marketing for Careem, and a board director for Hala.

In his new role as CEO, Basil will continue to drive the company with a focus on improving customer experience. Holding a Master of Business Administration degree from IE Business School and a Chemical Engineering degree from The University of Washington, Hovakeemian has previously headed up product innovation and development for Procter & Gamble across the US, Canada, Europe and MENA regions.

He also worked at global consulting firm, Roland Berger in a strategic consultant’s role for government and private sectors, focusing on transportation and technology.

“Since launch, Hala has been able to play a central role in connecting our city, providing a trustworthy booking solution for taxis in Dubai. I am extremely excited about our potential to bring Hala to more riders and business verticals…to have the opportunity to build from such a platform is a great privilege,” noted Hovakeemian.

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