Bank Sohar appoints new head of Islamic banking
August 18, 2015 | 3:16 PM
by Times News Service

MUSCAT: Bank Sohar has appointed Salim Khamis Al Maskari, the former senior assistant general manager of branches, as the head of Sohar Islamic, Bank Sohar’s Islamic banking window.

Commenting on the promotion, Rashad Ali Al Musafir, acting chief executive officer of Bank Sohar said, "Sohar Islamic has witnessed growth and popularity since its inception two years ago. On behalf of the bank, I would like to congratulate Salim Khamis Al Maskari on his appointment into the new role. In the eight years that he has worked with the bank, he has always demonstrated a high degree of business integrity and leadership talent and has been involved with the development and operations of Sohar Islamic and its branches right from the start.”

“With his outstanding track record with Bank Sohar and his contribution towards establishing and managing our branch network, together with his extensive experience with Sohar Islamic, I am confident his appointment will serve to further strengthen the reputation and capabilities of our Islamic banking window in the years to come,” he added.

Salim Khamis Al Maskari’s appointment as the new head of Sohar Islamic is also a tribute to the bank’s long standing commitment towards developing local talent and ensuring their steady career growth.

At Bank Sohar, the learning and development initiatives are structured to fulfil its objective of offering more employment and career development opportunities for talented Omanis, and to nurture a higher contribution from them towards the continued economic growth of the country. Within the bank itself, a large number of Omanis already hold key leadership roles, steering the bank on its path towards excellence.

“The employment of qualified nationals has always been a cornerstone of the bank’s operational strategies. Furthermore, we strive to offer our employees as many opportunities for growth within the organisation as possible, facilitating this with comprehensive training workshops and skill development programs,” said Rashad Al Musafir.

Commenting on his promotion, Salim Khamis Al Maskari said, “I'm extremely pleased to take up my new role at the helm of Sohar Islamic. Together with the talented team at the bank, I look forward to building on its strong foundation, unique approach and high standards of excellence in order to create even greater value for our customers, our investors and shareholders.”

Prior to joining Bank Sohar in 2007, Salim Al Maskari had previously worked as the district manager of the Sharquiyah region for Oman International Bank and later moved to Bank Muscat as the regional manager of the north capital region. He has more than 29 years of experience in the banking sector in Oman and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hull, UK. He also holds a diploma from the Institute of leadership and Management, also in the UK. He also completed his Certification in Islamic Banking and Takaful Products (CIMA) examinations in 2015.

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