Senior Executive Team

Dave Anderson
Chief Executive Officer

Dave Anderson joined Aujan Group Holding in 2010 as Managing Director and Group Chief Financial Officer. In 2015, took over the role of Chief Executive Officer for Aujan Group Holding.

Prior to that, he held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Dubai Properties Group. In a career spanning 30 years, Dave has also held senior management positions with companies including Cadbury Schweppes, Colt Telecom and Unilever.

As the Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Dave ensures the effective operations of the Group’s Executive Committee, manages Group functions, and has line management responsibility for the individual business units that make up Aujan Group Holding.

Dave is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds a Master’s degree in Physics from Oxford University and an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Abdulla Aujan
Executive Chairman

Abdulla Aujan first joined Aujan Industries in 2006 as head of Supply Chain, responsible for raw and packaging materials, production planning, logistics, and product research and development. In 2011, Abdulla joined Aujan Group Holding as Director of Business Development. As Director of Business Development, he was responsible for the long term development of the Group with a focus on strategy, investment priorities, organizational development, staffing and governance.

Abdulla has become the Executive Chairman of Aujan Group Holding in 2018.

Abdulla holds a Business degree from Richmond, The American International University in London, UK.

Ahmad Azzouni
Group Chief Legal Counsel

Ahmad Azzouni joined Aujan Group Holding in 2010 as Chief Legal Counsel. Prior to that, Ahmad worked in the corporate departments of DLA Piper and Hadef & Partners in Dubai where he advised local and international clients on corporate and commercial transactions in the region.

As Group Chief Legal Counsel, Ahmad is responsible for the development and management of the Group legal function, as well as advising on investments, acquisitions, corporate structure, dispute resolution and development of sound corporate governance practices. Ahmad is also the Board Secretary for Aujan Coca-Cola Beverages Company, Rani Refreshments, and other Group companies.

Ahmad holds a Law degree from the University of Jordan and an LLM in Commercial Law from UWE, Bristol, a PG Dip in Arbitration from Queen Mary College, University of London and a PhD in Law from Nottingham Trent University.

Kanishka Gupta
Chief Financial Officer

Kanishka joined Aujan Group Holding in 2012 as Group Finance Director. In 2015, he was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer for Aujan Group Holding.
Prior to that, Kanishka held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Seaways International, a marine offshore company, and Finance Director at Tatweer Dubai, a Dubai Holding subsidiary. With over 20 years’ experience in family-owned businesses, multinationals and semi-government organizations, Kanishka has held leadership positions across several industries including real estate, FMCG, leisure & entertainment, hospitality, healthcare, marine offshore and trading.

As Group Chief Financial Officer, Kanishka is responsible for the financial and risk management of the Aujan businesses, development of Group financial strategy, and management of Group governance framework, control systems and policies designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.

Kanishka is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds an MBA from Asian Institute of Management, Philippines which included a merit-based program with Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University.

Don Surrao
Chief Information Officer

Don joined Aujan Group in 2013 as the Group CIO. In this role he is responsible for defining, implementing and operating Information Technology (IT) across Aujan. Working together with business leaders to drive simplification and automation of business processes, as well as to promote the effective use of Information and Systems, for growth and efficiency. Don also ensures that the IT function remains fit for purpose, operates securely to relevant standards, and to benchmark costs. Don has over 25 years of IT experience in defining IT strategies, successfully implementing complex systems with business change, transforming the IT function to operate in line with industry standards, leveraging vendors, and maximizing the potential of multicultural teams.

Prior to joining Aujan, Don held the position of IT Director at Unilever, responsible for running the Global Program Management Office, successfully implementing Unilever’s IT Strategy, before that, he was the CIO of Unilever Greater China, where he successfully delivered the required IT to enable Unilever to win in this strategic yet highly competitive market. Don has previously held a number of Global and Regional Management roles in The Hawpar Group, Mitsubishi Electric and Coca Cola Amatil.

Don holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Computer Science.