KEF Holdings appoints new CEO

Richard Pattle is expected to assume his new role in early summer 2018.

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Richard Pattle.
Richard Pattle.

UAE-based KEF Holdings, a specialist in offsite construction technology, named Richard Pattle as the company’s new CEO and board member.

Pattle will be responsible for the overall management of the business and its subsidiaries, in addition he will head global strategic partnerships and investments.

Speaking on the appointment, Faizal E Kottikollon, founder & chairman, KEF Holdings, said: "I am very pleased that Richard is joining KEF Holdings as CEO and a member of the Board, as we build our businesses in India, the Middle East and beyond.  He brings to the role a deep knowledge and understanding of family-owned enterprises, global perspectives, and has a proven track record in leadership which will further enhance the operation of our companies as we build a world class team and expand rapidly.  In particular, Richard shares the KEF family’s passion for India, and for creating businesses that have a social impact. KEF Holdings, vice-chairperson and my wife, Shabana, and I are delighted Richard is joining us as we intensify our efforts to create positive change though KEF Holdings.”

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For his part, Pattle said: “Having seen the incredible achievements of Faizal and Shabana in building dynamic businesses, I am excited to be joining KEF Holdings as CEO. They stand out as extraordinary entrepreneurs and philanthropists, inspiring many others and creating real impact in communities across India and the Middle East.  Much of my initial focus will be directed to operations in India, a country I have grown exceptionally fond of over the last 25 years during my three previous careers, including a year-long exchange posting with the Indian Armed Forces. I share Faizal and Shabana's conviction that technology, infrastructure and healthcare are vital to India’s continued success, and I look forward to working with the team at KEF Holdings to help accelerate growth across the country and beyond.”

Pattle is expected to assume his new role in early summer 2018.

Previously, Pattle was the vice chairman of Standard Chartered Private Bank, a position he joined in 2014. 

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