Chief Executive Officer - Ventures, Al Ghurair Investment
Michael Montgomery is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ventures business unit within Al Ghurair Investment. He is responsible for leading the transformation of a multi-diversified group of businesses, ranging from Automotive, Printing & Publishing, Exchange, Retail, Education, Shipping, Logistics, Travel, and new ventures. He is a strong advocate of good governance, endeavoring to protect and enhance stakeholder value via modern good business practices with diversified leadership teams.
Michael also serves as a non-executive director in Modern Flour Mills (KSA) and AG Melco an international joint venture with Mitsubishi head quartered in Dubai.
With over 30 years of experience within leading global companies across over 100 countries, Michael’s purpose-driven, and transformational leadership approach has supported many organisations to achieve sustainable growth and commercial success.
Prior to his current role Michael was the Group Chief Audit Executive, Group Chief Risk Officer and Group Chief Compliance Officer at Al Ghurair Investment. He was responsible for leading the organisation’s governance, risk and internal audit functions. In his role, Michael provided insight and strategic counsel into business risk, the regulatory landscape and opportunities to augment internal controls, to support the business’ overall objectives and performance.
Michael has a broad range of business experience across both private and public sectors, as well as international organisations across Europe, USA, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Prior to leaving practice, Michael's professional career had been exclusively developed within three of the 'top five' global accountancy firms, following his qualification as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) during his time at PwC in the UK.
Michael holds a Bsc. Econ (Hons) Business Administration from the University of Wales. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy with Commendation from the University of Ulster. Michael is also a UK Chartered Accountant.
“My personal Purpose is to demonstrate that good governance is good for business, bringing a professional focus on practical and proportionate Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Internal Control frameworks into leading businesses to protect value and to create further commercial success.”