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September 12, 2017

Dubai – Leading global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) announces new office leadership in the Middle East with Managing Directors Dr. Saeeda Jaffar and Neil Hayward serving as Co-Heads of the Middle East office. This new leadership reflects A&M’s growth, highlights the firm’s in-depth expertise and reinforces its presence in the region.

Dr. Saeeda Jaffar leads the Performance Improvement and Financial Institutions Advisory Services practice, and is amongst the first Emirati women to lead the regional office of a global consulting firm.

She boasts more than 15 years of experience in management consulting and industry expertise. She has worked with both public and private institutions, focusing on strategy, operational improvements and transformation programs. Her clients have included universal banks, private banks, investment banks, private equity firms, sovereign wealth funds, government institutions and family owned businesses. She has also served on the boards of leisure and real estate companies. She started her career with McKinsey & Company in the U.S. and has a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

With over 19 years of experience in the turnaround and restructuring business, Mr. Hayward leads the Restructuring and Turnaround practice in the Middle East. He is a senior advisor to boards, management teams, banks and funds. His past roles span across both international companies and local governments working in the construction, financial, hospitality, aviation and retail sectors. Before joining the A&M team, he was seconded to the Supreme Committee for the Supervision of Dubai World and its subsidiaries and was a partner in PwC’s restructuring team. He has also been named one of the top 20 "New Restructuring Advisors" by Global Restructuring Review.

James Daniell, a Managing Director with A&M Middle East, will lead the regional Disputes and Investigation practice.

Bryan Marsal, Co-founder of A&M, said: “The designation of Saeeda and Neil is critical to our rapidly growing business in the Middle East and demonstrates our commitment to the clients we serve. Their leadership augments the firm’s ability to create value for clients across the Middle East and enhances our strategic position within the region.”

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