Bahraini executive tops ‘40 under 40’ Mena list

Mohammed Al Kayed, the former chief executive of Sevens Holding, has become the first Bahraini to win the top rank in an elite list of young executives and entrepreneurs shaping the present and future of the region’s business sector.

Business Elite’s ‘40 Under 40’ is a prestigious awards programme and Mr Al Kayed outperformed 40 participants who competed with him to win the award.

Mr Al Kayed is the current adviser to the chairman of Sevens Holding, a leading company in the field of hospitality, food and beverage in Bahrain, and is responsible for all operations and real estate management of the company including general strategic directions, setting priorities and monitoring asset performance.

Through this, he built an administrative and financial structure for a private contract worth more than $300 million, and reduced annual expenses to maintain financial stability during the pandemic-fuelled recession.

The young leader also built and launched a hotel and resort with a 5-star rating in Bahrain demonstrating excellence in stimulating business organisations to take advantage of emerging opportunities.

He has improved shareholder value for a group of private companies and has headed strategy, finance, marketing, information technology, human resources, marketing, business development and led management teams.

Mr Al Kayed also led the construction, pre-opening and operation of a 5-star hotel and resort comprising 174 main rooms.

He negotiated and signed contracts on the best terms for the owner with international hotel operators.

Commenting on the achievement, Mr Al Kayed said: “It is a great honour to receive this award from a prestigious institution. Thanks are also due to Sevens Holding chairman Shaikh Khalifa bin Rashid Al Khalifa for his continuous support and guidance.

“It is only proof of the success of the company’s strategic plan, which leads us to the path of success, under the leadership of Shaikh Khalifa and thanks are extended to all the employees of the company for their continuous efforts and great sacrifices to reach the desired goals, hoping that we will record more successes in the coming years.”

The awards identify outstanding young executives and entrepreneurs in global business and creates networking opportunities with newcomers, ambitious business leaders and industry breakers with unquestionable attitude, quality, potential and desire to shape the business world over the coming decades.

Mr Al Kayed holds a bachelor’s degree in management accounting from the New York Institute of Technology and is PMI-Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) holder since 2022.




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