Mostafa is one of several appointments as Virtugroup announces rapid expansion plans for 2018.
Dubai, UAE – Famed movie director, entrepreneur, humanitarian and multi-award winner Ali Mostafa has joined the Dubai-based Virtugroup as a member of its advisory board. The appointment is one of many in the first quarter of the year as the company outlines its plans for rapid expansion in 2018.
Mostafa is joined by ex-Arton Capital CEO John Hanafin who takes over as the CEO of Virtuzone Business & Next Generation Equity, and Paul Bryson, formerly of Links Group and Sovereign Group, who has been appointed as Head of Onshore Structuring for Virtuzone Mainland.
Neil Petch, Chairman of Virtugroup, said of the appointments: “I’m very pleased to welcome our excellent new additions to the Virtugroup Board of Directors and senior management team. I’m confident that with their regional expertise and extensive background specializing in high net worth clients, we are building the right team to lead the growth of many of our subsidiaries.”
With a Master’s degree from the London Film School, pioneering Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s regional box office hit, City of Life, was the first Emirati film to open a Gala screening at the Dubai Film festival – earning him a Best Emirati Filmmaker Award. Since then he has directed several short films, worked with numerous prestigious brands such as Land Rover and Sony and picked up an Esquire Man of the Year award. Mostafa is cited as an inspiration by many young leaders in the region and his appointment underlines VirtuGroup’s commitment to working with the finest entrepreneurial minds.
Of Virtugroup’s other notable appointments, John Hanafin brings with him a wealth of experience in financial services and global brand development having overseen the Sovereign Group’s expansion throughout the MENA region. Paul Bryson is also well-known for helping international clients enter and adapt to new markets. He has assisted with several large multi-nationals entering the UAE and sits on the British Business Group Dubai & Northern Emirates, working closely with the UK government in arranging trade missions to the UAE and UK.
This announcement is one of many expected from Virtugroup throughout the year as the company pushes on with its ambitious plans for growth in 2018.
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Virtugroup is a holding company consisting of four of the UAE’s premier organisations: Virtuzone Consumer is a company formation specialist assisting with the set up of UAE free zone businesses; Virtuzone Mainland provides the same service for mainland companies; Virtuzone Elite offers all manner of business support to entrepreneurs – from market entry through to exit; and NGE offers a range of citizenship- and residency-by-investment programmes to high-net-worth individuals. The group is headed by Neil Petch, a long-time entrepreneur with a history of steering businesses through critical growth phases with huge success.