Driven to Success: Arif al Zaabi

12 Nov 2015
POSTED BY Y Magazine

With 19 years of experience in the banking and telecom sectors, Arif al Zaabi, head of branches and sales at Bank Nizwa, is a respected figure in the industry and credits his success to strong passion and ambition during a test drive of the new Genesis

Q:  What drives you to success?

There are three things that I believe are really important for success – believe in yourself and know that nothing is impossible, learn from your mistakes and never give up. I want to lead by example. It’s always about support and people management is very important because in the end, you succeed along with a team.

Q:  Who or what has been your inspiration in your career?

I learnt so much from my former boss. He was straightforward with feedback and developed a personal development plan for me. I wanted to copy his attitude and the way he dealt with people. I think we all need fair feedback and support to grow and develop in our careers and as people.

Q:  What is your biggest career success to date?

I think bringing myself to the level of head of branches and sales in six years is a huge achievement for me. I reached this stage because of my passion and ambition, something you need in life. You crawl first, then stand and then walk. We need to learn from our ups and downs and have to develop ourselves by gaining knowledge and information.

Q:  What are your goals?

I want to reach the position of general manager [GM] of retail then move into corporate. To become a deputy CEO or CEO, I need to get an insight into core baking, so I would need to study the bank’s various departments. Banking is in my blood; I don’t see myself doing anything else.

Q:  Career-wise, where do you plan to be in 10 years’ time?

Ten years from now I would like to become a businessman, have my own business and enjoy life, or maybe become a deputy CEO. However, in the coming five years, I see myself as a GM for retail or a group GM.

Q:  What do you like about the Genesis, the premium series of Hyundai Motor Company?

The features and technology offered in this car are among the highest standards offered in luxury vehicles today. In that sense, it can compare with cars much above its segment. The safety features in the Genesis are truly class leading. This is the car I trust to take my kids and family around. At the same time, it transforms itself from a comfortable sedan into a sharp performance machine at the press of a button. Whether it’s a leisurely ride with the family or an adrenaline-packed driving experience, the Genesis leaves its mark.


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