New Chairman For Telecoms Provider Zain Saudi

Fahd bin Ibrahim al-Dughaither has been named the new head of the struggling telecoms operator.

Zain Saudi, Saudi Arabia’s struggling third-largest telecoms provider, has appointed Fahd bin Ibrahim al-Dughaither as its new chairman, it said on Saturday, without elaborating.

The affiliate of Kuwait’s Zain, reported a 2012 net loss of SAR443 million ($118.1 million) and has extended the maturity of a SAR9 billion Islamic loan seven times since last summer.

Its statement on Saturday, posted on the website of the Saudi bourse, did not give any further information about Dughaither.

The company is competing against better-resourced Saudi Telecom Co, the former monopoly holder, and Mobily, an affiliate of United Arab Emirates’ Etisalat , which dominate the market.

Parent-firm Zain in July increased its stake in Zain Saudi to 37 per cent from 25 per cent after underwriting the affiliate’s capital restructuring.