October 11, 2019 – Baltimore, MD-headquartered Stanton Chase has named Julien Abou Khalil as partner and leader of the financial services practice covering the Middle East region. He will be based out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he will support organizations in the Middle East with the recruitment of top financial executives, leadership growth management, and organizational culture.
“The Middle East is one of the fastest-growing markets in the banking and capital markets; however, the constant industry changes are posing a real challenge for big players in the region to be competitive,” said Wassim Karkabi, managing partner in the Stanton Chase Dubai office and global head of board and executive assessment. “Leaders must adjust their strategy to face the increasingly diverse requirements of new financial products in the market. With his extensive experience and expertise in leadership and the financial sector, Julien will support those organizations with their leadership growth and management challenges.”
Mr. Abou Khalil is an accomplished executive and investment consultant coming from the banking and finance industry, with a track record in setting up and developing businesses. He has more than 20 years of regional and international expertise. Recently, he has been particularly active in the areas of venture capital and investment advisory and structuring, with a vested interest in asset management. Mr. Abou Khalil also has experience in several aspects of the banking sector, notably wealth management for high net worth individuals and investment banking.
Prior to joining Stanton Chase, Mr. Abou Khalil served as the managing partner for a large multifamily office in Dubai where he grew successfully the proprietary portfolio of assets, developed new business opportunities, and structured ventures under a full-fledged privately-owned investment bank in Abu Dhabi. In 2014 he also founded a private structuring and advisory services practice, where he handled close to 500 million USD in discretionary wealth structuring, venture capital, and private equity. Mr. Abou Khalil started building his private banking experience in the Gulf region early 2007 by working in several top banks like Société Générale, Credit Agricole Suisse, Arab Bank Switzerland, Arab Investment Bank, and others. As part of his banking expertise, he spent several years in internal auditing and was a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
“I am excited to join Stanton Chase and to lead the financial services practice group for the region,” Mr. Abou Khalil said. “I am thrilled to support financial organizations to successfully achieve their strategy by providing them with key insights and skillful leaders and to accompany them in their organizational culture transformation.”
With offices in major cities around the world, Stanton Chase offers clients a global perspective while understanding local cultures and the challenges of moving products by sea, air, rail and trucking.
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