Dalya Al Muthanna Becomes 1st President & CEO Of General Electric In The Gulf


Talking about women in leadership will not become redundant until we reach a more even playing field. When you look at the amount of female CEO’s of major corporations around the world, we are few and far between. To be more precise, women only make up 5.1% of CEO’s in the Fortune 1000 companies, here is the full list. So we still have a huge imbalance when it comes to leadership at the top. How do we change this? By giving greater visibility to women who are making inroads and hope that increased representation will encourage other women in their chosen careers.

Now we can add another woman to the growing list. Her name is Dalya Al Muthanna, who just became the first woman from the United Arab Emirates to be appointed as President and CEO of General Electric in the Gulf. She will oversea the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

She will be responsible for developing GE’s business strategy in the Gulf, and in a statement said she was excited to take up this challenging role to strengthen the company. Dalya also recognized how significant it was for the corp to appoint a woman.

“I believe that this will give corporations in the region confidence to hire women to higher positions, underlining the role women play in driving the growth of the region,” she said in a statement.

Dalya has been with GE since 2008 and is the first Emirati to graduate from the company’s Commercial Leadership Program, has received multiple awards during her tenure, and held a number of different leadership positions. Before joining GE she founded and managed a multi-million-dollar international franchise.

She is also a board member of Emirates Solar Industry Association Women in Solar Program. What we’re trying to say is, she is well-qualified for the role, and that’s all that matters.


“The role of organizations in promoting women in leadership roles is also important. My career growth has been greatly influenced by GE’s nurturing leadership and fostering diversity. I was the first Emirati to graduate from ECLP which opened doors to strong career progression opportunities for me,” Al Muthanna says.

“Personally, it was a leap of faith, not to explore opportunities in the government sector, and to work with GE, a private sector leader. I hope that my achievements I have received through dedication and determination inspire the same commitment to excellence among all aspiring women in the region.”

At a recent Diversity and Inclusion leadership Forum in Dubai, Dalya gave a keynote address about who inclusion and diversity can help change all aspects of life.

“The more the mix that constitutes the workforce the more diverse the minds and the backgrounds and the more we can be inspired, the more we can integrate new ideas and foster innovation and competitiveness,” she said.

It seem the UAE is playing their part in encouraging women in leadership positions, because more than 65% of government employees and more than 30% of government leadership positions are held by women, and nearly 70% of university graduates in the country are women.

Dalya ended her speech by saying diversity should be a way of life. And if more large companies in the corporate sector foster the same mentality, coupled with women being encouraged to go after the roles they are qualified for, it would go a long way to upping that dismal 5.1% we mentioned at the beginning of this post.

Congrats GE on a superb CEO appointment in the Gulf region, and here’s to all the women who don’t see gender barriers as a deterrent to their goals.




“The more diverse the mix that constitutes the workforce the more diverse the minds and the backgrounds and the more we can be inspired, the more we can integrate new ideas and foster innovation and competitiveness – See more at: http://middleeast.geblogs.com/en/stories/building/diversity-inclusion-think-of-it-as-a-way-of-life/#sthash.E7Rj4ROW.dpuf
Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Forum in Dubai


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