Leading through Turbulent Times with Alain Bejjani, Former CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Group

To succeed in today’s ever-changing business landscape, it’s essential to communicate a compelling vision and create a sense of urgency for change, even in prosperous times.

This requires investing in digital capabilities, fostering a people-first culture, and leading authentically while prioritizing progress over perfection.

This has been a major takeaway from my recent conversation on the podcast with Alain Bejjani, who served as CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Group from February 2015 until January 2023. The company is a large and international diversified conglomerate with ventures in shopping mall ownership and operation, hotel ownership and operation, retail stores, leisure and entertainment centers, and mixed-use residential communities, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates with operations in the Middle East and Africa.

In our chat, Alain shares his stories and learnings from his 8-year tenure as a CEO including revealing how he rallied teams through disruptive change and unprecedented crises. Listen to this episode to learn how to drive digital innovation, empower people, adapt in turbulent times, and align business with purpose. Alain distills profound lessons on authentic leadership, cultivating organizational culture, and finding opportunities amidst challenges.


“Rejection and failure are part of the entrepreneurial journey; persist through the no’s to get to the yes.”

“If Plan A doesn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. Stay persistent.”

“The way we lead our company is just as important as what our company does.”

“A crisis represents opportunity hidden in the challenge. Seize the chance to make changes not possible in normal times.”


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