Karim Hajjali

Winner of the 2023 Executive of the Year Award

Karim Hajjali is an accomplished C-level executive and franchise expert with a diverse international and multilingual background spanning over three decades. He has a proven track record of success in the food and beverage industry, fashion retail, and FMCG.

Under Karim's exceptional leadership, the company has achieved remarkable growth milestones, exceeding double revenues in 2022 compared to 2021. This success is a result of his strategic vision and effective execution, which has enabled the expansion of existing brands and acquisition of new franchises in both QSR and fine dining. With Karim at the helm, the company is positioned for continued growth in 2023, demonstrating his dynamic and forward-thinking approach.

Karim gives credit of his social outlook on the world to his late father who was also an expat and his academic and career formation to his alma mater, the International College (IC) in Beirut Lebanon and has graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business in 1989 and completed various training programs in executive leadership, project management, finance, and six sigma, including Hult Ashridge Business school leadership courses, CMI Strategy in the UK, and the Mahler Executive Leadership program.

In addition to his dedication to excellence, Karim is committed to mentoring and coaching, making him an asset to any organization. His hard work and contributions to the F&B industry have been recognized by Global Excellence Assembly, who awarded him Executive of the Year 2023.

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