Ex-Tabreed head appointed as Abu Dhabi Power Corporation's new CEO

Jasim Thabet's role will be to drive forward the transformation of the utilities sector in Abu Dhabi.

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Jasim Thabet.
Jasim Thabet.

Jasim Thabet has been appointed CEO and managing director of the newly formed Abu Dhabi Power Corporation (ADPower), an active investment manager in the water and electricity sector.

Thabet's role will be to drive forward the transformation of the utilities sector in Abu Dhabi.

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He joins from National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed), where he was CEO.  At Tabreed, Thabet successfully pioneered a new model of sustainable growth, delivering approximately 50% growth in consolidated capacity, 28% growth in revenues in the UAE and across the GCC over six years, and led Tabreed to investment grade credit ratings from Moody’s and Fitch.

HE Saif Mohammad Alhajeri, Chairman of ADPower said: “Jasim brings substantial sector expertise, experience and a solid track-record of success. We look forward to having him on board to lead the transformation of the sector and drive the role of the company as an active investor in the utilities sector delivering value for Abu Dhabi.”

On his appointment Thabet said: “I am honoured to be able to take up this important role at a pivotal time for the sector in Abu Dhabi. My goal is to ensure sustainable energy for Abu Dhabi whilst delivering value to the Abu Dhabi Government and all stakeholders from our national assets. We have a highly capable team in place and I’m confident that we can make progress quickly in realising the vision that has been set out for the utilities sector in the Emirate.”

Prior to working at Tabreed, Thabet served as vice oresident in the Industry unit of Mubadala Investment Company. During this time, he played a central role in Tabreed’s 2010 recapitalisation programme to put in place a stable capital structure for future success.

Earlier in his career, Thabet also served at General Electric Power Systems, where he was responsible for successfully bringing several large-scale power plants in the GCC to operation. Prior to that, he worked with ADNOC Offshore, one of the region’s leading oil producers.

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