Mirabaud, an international asset manager and wealth advisory firm, has appointed former EY consultant Samir Atitallah as CEO of its Middle East division.
Founded over two centuries ago in Switzerland, Mirabaud offers clients across the world with wealth management, asset management and corporate finance services. The company has around 700 staff working from 16 offices worldwide, including two in the Middle East: in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Installed at the helm of the Middle East division is Samir Atitallah, a 35-year-old Swiss citizen who joins the company externally and brings over a dozen years of experience to the role.
Prior to joining the boutique financial services group, Atitallah was a member of the Executive Committee of Piaget (a luxury watch and jewellery brand) as the Chief of Staff to the CEO after previously working more than three years in the Organisation & Strategy department.
Before that, Atitallah spent nearly three years at EY in its Advisory division, focused on advising private banks and other financial institutions in a wide range of areas such as operational excellence, regulatory transformation, finance and risk.
In his new role, Atitallah has been tasked with growing the company in the region, with a focus on the wealth management business line. “He will help build awareness around the group’s unique value proposition based on an independent, customised and family office approach to wealth management,” explained Nicolas Mirabaud, Head of Wealth Management at Mirabaud.
“The wealth management landscape in the region is changing at a rapid pace; at Mirabaud, we are committed to developing our offering to meet the evolving needs of our clients. Samir is well positioned to lead this change thanks to his expertise in strategy, finance and business development as well as his natural leadership and multi-faceted knowledge of the industry,” said Nicolas Mirabaud.
Alain Baron, Head of Wealth Management for the Middle East, said, “I am delighted to welcome Samir to the Middle East team. This important hire signals our commitment to continually strengthen and innovate our wealth proposition and develop the next generation clientele, be it out of Dubai or Abu Dhabi.”
Atitallah himself stated, “We have an opportunity to capitalise on the immense high-growth potential of the region, and I look forward to working closely with the team to expand our client proposition.”
In a further strengthening of the company’s top governance in the region, the Swiss group has also appointed Nicolas Mirabaud as Chairman of Mirabaud’s Middle East Board.