30 selected for CEO programme

MUSCAT: May 11: Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal al Busaidy, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court, yesterday presided over the launch of the first cohort for the National CEO Programme, a strategic national initiative aimed at strengthening private sector capabilities and building world-class Omani CEOs.

The National CEO Programme is an initiative which was launched by the Public Private Partnership platform ‘Fareek Al Sharaka’ under the patronage of the Diwan of Royal Court. The programme is supervised by the Institute of Capability Development at the Diwan. At the opening session, Sayyid Khalid, along with five ministers representing the ‘Public Private Partnership Committee’ and the Advisory Committee, greeted and congratulated the 30 successful participants representing diverse industries, genders, regions and business sizes.

With the blessings of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos on April 17, and in a further step towards fostering leadership in the private sector and setting a distinctive milestone in the region, the Public Private Partnership Committee had launched an online application process for the highly anticipated National CEO Programme.

The three-step application and interview process managed by an independent world-class international human resource consultancy, delivered a transparent, rigorous and merit-based procedure. The process witnessed an unprecedented 1,400 applicants from which 30 shortlisted candidates were identified, representing diverse economic sectors, regions and organisation sizes (of which SMEs made up 34 per cent of the cohort and included representation from seven governorates).

The National CEO Programme provides a powerful learning experience built on three key methodologies: a taught six module 12-month programme, delivering latest leadership thinking and research, including individual one-on-one and team leadership coaching; a powerful application process that focuses on developing strategic projects for the country; the creation of a cross-sector, cross-region community of senior private sector leaders.

On this occasion, Sayyid Khalid commented, “Developing Omani talent and capacity building is a strategic priority of the public private partnership and the launch of the initiative underpins this commitment. Offering high potential private sector leaders the opportunity to develop and grow with in their career path.”

He added: “The diversity shown in the cohort reflects the commitment the Sultanate is making; to economic diversification, investment in businesses of all sizes, development of region and growth of industry. I congratulate the participants to getting through this highly competitive application phase and ask them to join hands in immersing themselves in a truly unique learning journey enabling to achieve their very full potential.”


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