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GE Healthcare appoints Maher Abouzeid as President & CEO for Middle East and Pakistan

December 04, 2012

Dubai, UAE; December 5, 2012: GE Healthcare, the healthcare business of GE (NYSE: GE) has appointed Maher Abouzeid, who has over 20 years of experience in the industry, as its President & Chief Executive Officer for Middle East and Pakistan.

Based in Dubai, Abouzeid will be responsible for driving the continued growth and expansion of GE Healthcare's brand in the region. He will also focus on strengthening customer relationships and partnerships across all the countries in the Middle East and Pakistan.

Karim Karti, President & CEO for GE Healthcare's 84-country Eastern and Africa Growth Markets region covering Russia & CIS, Turkey & Central Asia, Middle East and Africa, said: "The Middle East and Pakistan are amongst the fastest growing emerging-markets in the world. Abouzeid's extensive experience in the region and in healthcare will be instrumental in his new role. He will specifically concentrate on developing our presence and footprint across 12 countries to help our customers and partners grow their capabilities. We remain fully committed to working closely with our partners towards addressing the most critical healthcare challenges in the region."

Abouzeid added: "The growing incidence of lifestyle diseases and rising costs are increasingly burdening healthcare systems across the region. Through GE Healthcare's focus on early health, we are partnering with the region's healthcare ministries and leading hospital groups to bring more affordable, high quality healthcare to more people, in line with our global healthymagination initiative. We will continue to focus on building sustainable partnerships and providing our advanced technologies, capabilities and solutions including training, skills development and knowledge transfer."

Abouzeid joined GE Healthcare in 2007 as Indirect Channel Service Sales Manager for Middle East, Africa, Central Asia & Turkey. He moved to Egypt in 2009 where he served as Africa Service General Manager, before returning to the Middle East in 2011 taking charge as General Manager of Services for the Middle East & Pakistan. Previously, he led 3M's Healthcare (Medical, Dental & Pharmaceuticals) business in the Middle East and has also served as DePuy Franchise Director at Johnson & Johnson Medical for the Middle East. Abouzeid holds a Degree in Biochemistry attained from the American University of Beirut in 1992 and is Six-Sigma Green Belt Certified.

GE Healthcare has a significant presence in the Middle East and Pakistan region, led through several public and private partnerships. The company follows a three-pronged approach in addressing the pressing healthcare challenges of the region, led by strategic partnerships, innovation and the transformation of healthcare delivery via a sustainable model of care.

Caroline Wehbeh
GE Communications Leader, North Africa
[email protected]
+971 4 429 6318

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