First Gulf Bank, (FGB), the leading financial partner of choice in the UAE, has today confirmed that it is to be a silver sponsor of the Middle East – Investor Relations Society Annual Conference and Investor Relations Best Practice Awards.
This sponsorship is in line with the bank’s aim to work with the financial services community to ensure that best practices are shared and that all stakeholders are better informed on the challenges affecting the market. FGB proactively looks to create optimized sustainable returns to its shareholders and investors through maintaining strong business fundamentals.
The recently appointed Head of Investor Relations, Dr. Joe Maalouf, who will also be attending the event on behalf of the bank, said, “Such forums are important mediums to meet with other leaders in the field, acknowledge successes achieved in our market and to assess how to better operate in what often can be a challenging environment. As the Head of Investor Relations at FGB, I fully intend to support important organizations such as the ME-IR Society, as they allow for greater dialogue in our sector.”
Prior to joining FGB, Dr. Maalouf served as the Head of Investor Relations at Blominvest Bank- part of Blom Bank from 2008 to 2011. He also formerly served as an Advisor to the Chairman at Fransabank, where he was charged with restructuring and developing the bank’s business.
The conference and awards ceremony is to be held on 21 November 2011, at the Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi, where it is being organized by the Middle East Investor Relations Society (ME-IR Society), an independent non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence for investor relations standards across the region.