Greenstone Equity Partners, a fund placement firm based in the Middle East, has hired Sean Kearney as chief operating officer and Khalid Alkelabi as managing director, investor relationships.
Kearney (pictured) is an emerging markets banking professional with a 23-year career devoted to identifying and managing risk. His key responsibilities will include operations team leadership, lead-managing the implementation of internal control framework enhancements, running regulatory processes and overseeing strategic change management.
Prior to joining Greenstone, Kearney worked for a decade at UBS in London and Dubai. In his last position with the firm as group COO, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Kearney held the regulatory appointment of senior executive officer for the regional hub, UBS Dubai Branch. He was also heavily involved in the management of relations with the many other financial regulators throughout the region with jurisdiction over UBS's offices or operations.
Alex Gemici, chairman of Greenstone, says: "Sean's wealth of experience and industry knowledge have already made him a key addition to Greenstone. We view his appointment as a sign of our commitment to being the leading fund placement firm in the Middle East. I'm confident that Sean will play an important role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for Greenstone."
Alkelabi will be responsible for enhancing Greenstone's investor relationships as well as contributing to improving Greenstone's marketing capabilities.
Prior to joining Greenstone, Alkelabi worked at Al Forzan Holding Group, a Saudi Arabian conglomerate and family business office, as the chief administrative officer where he had multiple responsibilities, including the creation and development of various business units.
Prior to working at Al Fozan, Alkelabi worked for MBC Group, a regional media company, where he was appointed country marketing manager in Saudi Arabia. Alkelabi was responsible for creating and maintaining relationships with local corporate clients.
Omar Al Gharabally, the president of Greenstone, says: "We are very excited to welcome Khalid to our team at Greenstone. He brings years of experience dealing with the most demanding, sophisticated and discerning investors in the region. Not only will he bring a tighter focus and discipline to investor relationship development and management within our fund placement team, he will also be a great role model for our employees and a tremendous ambassador for the firm with investors who come into contact with him."