Links Group, leaders in company formation in the Middle East for almost 10 years, has boosted its executive management team with three new appointments. Following its strongest year on record for company formation in the UAE and Qatar, Links Group has appointed two business development managers for the respective countries as well as a Non-Executive Chairman.
This latest move brings to the region the highest level of corporate governance for a local partner service provider and is seen as an important step in supporting the compliance requirements of multinational companies incorporating in the Middle East.
Mr. Michael Williams assumes the position of Non-Executive Chairman and will oversee the strategic direction of Links Group’s executive board. Bringing independent scrutiny to all management decisions Williams will be responsible for ensuring the company operates with the highest levels of integrity, probity and transparency.
Williams brings a wealth of knowledge to the Links Group, with more than 31 years of executive and non-executive director experience in both the UK and the Middle East. He has led organisations in the banking, insurance, IT and recruitment sectors with his recent regional roles including CEO positions at a bank in Doha and a bank in Dubai.
Links Group has also appointed Mr. Carl Dowling as Business Development Manager in the UAE to support the significant growth in company formations experienced in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In the first three quarters of 2011 Links Group recorded a 75% increase in onshore business license issuance in the UAE compared to the same period last year.
In Qatar, Mr. Wayne Merrick joins Links Group as General Manager. Merrick will be responsible for developing the company’s onshore licensee services, which have also enjoyed a spike in demand as foreign businesses look to tap the government’s increased investment in infrastructure projects.
Welcoming the new executive management to Links Group, John Martin St. Valery, Founder and CEO said: “We are delighted to welcome the new management to Links Group and have every confidence their contribution will strengthen not only the services that we offer our clients, but also the overall performance of the business.”