Samir El Sukhun, Head of Credit
Samir is an experienced professional, with diverse experience in credit risk management for personal, corporate and institutional banking products, in many markets. In his current position he is required to formulate, manage and implement the overall credit strategy for the European bank.
Samir held the position of Head of Credit and Risk Management at Arab Bank London Branch for 7 years. The branch was a flagship for Arab Bank in Europe before the establishment of EAB, undertaking many facets of corporate lending, property finance, trade finance and project finance.
Between 1994 and 1998 Samir was Vice President & Area Manager, Credit for Arab Bank plc, Singapore. During this period he implemented an overall credit strategy to support the business strategy of the Asia Pacific operations of the Bank and managed the credit risk of regional portfolios where the Bank ran business units in Singapore, Korea, China and Australia.
Prior to moving to Singapore, Samir spent seven years working for Arab Bank Australia Ltd. He held various senior positions before being appointed as Country Credit Manager in 1993; responsible for managing the credit quality of the Bank’s retail and corporate loan portfolios.
Samir graduated from the University of Tulsa, with a BSC (Hons) in Computer Sciences in 1979 and started his career with Honeywell Kuwait. He left that company in 1982 in order to study for an MBA, at the University of Washington, and went on to join the Arab Bank Group plc in 1985.
Samir was born in December 1957. A National of Jordan, Australia and the UK, he is bi-lingual (Arabic/English). Leisure pursuits include skiing and bridge.