|Azmi Mikati holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia|
Taha Mikati, chairman
Taha Mikati is the founder of Investcom. He began building businesses in 1979 after founding a successful construction business called ACC in Abu Dhabi. His knowledge of the construction industry was based on his experience as a civil engineer. According to a spokesperson at his PR company in London, Taha Mikati decided to sell his share in ACC in 1992 “to focus his energies elsewhere.” Taha Mikati then “identified the opportunity to develop a high quality telephone service provider in developing, under-penetrated high growth mobile telecom markets. He founded Investcom for this purpose and remains today closely involved in the company’s strategy and operational performance.” His PR agency admitted that they had “no photograph of Mr. Mikati,” hence the image above.
Najib Mikati, vice chairman
Najib Mikati is the brother of Taha Mikati and a former Lebanese prime minister, an office he held in the interim period after the murder of former premier Rafik Hariri and the downfall of the government of Omar Karami. He has also held ministerial posts and is a former member of parliament. He was a member of the executive committee of the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC, and a member of the board of directors and chairman of the economic committee at the chamber of commerce, industry and agriculture in Beirut and Mount Lebanon. He has close ties with Syria’s ruling Assad family Najib Mikati holds a master’s degree in business administration from the American University of Beirut, and according to Investcom’s PR company, “has also attended several executive programs which include the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard, Boston in 1990, the Avira Program at INSEAD, Fontainebleau France in 1994, and the Innovations in Governance Executive Program at Harvard, Boston in 2004.
Azmi Mikati, chief executive officer
Azmi Mikati is the son of Taha Mikati. He was appointed CEO of Investcom Holding in 1998. He is responsible for the global strategy of the company and its implementation. Prior to this role, he was the director of T-One Corporation (international carrier) and a board member of FTML, the France Telecom subsidiary and the previous operator of one of two mobile networks in Lebanon. Azmi Mikati was educated in the United States, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Columbia University.