Committees of the Board

The current members of the Board of Directors were elected by a resolution of the Ordinary General Assembly of shareholders held on April 8, 2016 for a three-year term expiring on the date of the annual Ordinary General Assembly meeting (expected to be held in April 2019) that will examine the accounts and activity of the year 2018.

The Board of Directors currently comprises the following Directors:
Members Independent (as per the Bank's Corporate Governance Guidelines2)Member of the Group Executive CommitteeMember of the Group Audit CommitteeMember of the Board Group Risk CommitteeMember of the Remuneration CommitteeMember of the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee
H.E. Mr. Raymond W. Audi
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Dr. Marwan M. Ghandour
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Dr. Freddie C. Baz
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 (Deputy Chair)   
Mr. Samir N. Hanna
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Sheikha Suad H. S. Al Homaizi
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Mr. Marc J. Audi
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Sheikha Mariam N. Al Sabbah
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Dr. Imad I. Itani
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Mr. Abdullah I. Al Hobayb
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Dr. Khalil M. Bitar
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Secretary of the Board 
Mr. Farid F. Lahoud
(Group Corporate Secretary)
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The Board is advised, for Audit Committee matters, by Mr. Maurice H. Sayde (who served as a member of the Board and Chairman of its Group Audit Committee from June 2006 until July 2008).

Frequency of Meetings

In 2015, the Board of Directors held 6 meetings, the Group Audit Committee held 4 meetings, the Group Risk Committee held 4 meetings, the Remuneration Committee held 3 meetings, the Corporate Governance and Nomination Committee held 2 meetings, and the Group Executive Committee held 27 meetings.

Changes to the Board of Directors during the Year 2015:

In June 2015, the Board of Directors resolved to appoint Dr. Freddie Baz as Vice-chairman of the Board of Directors.

1Listed according to their dates of appointment (beyond the Group CEO).

2 Definition of “Director independence” as per the Bank’ s Governance Guidelines (summary):
“In order to be considered independent Director by the Board, a Director should have no relationship with the Bank that would interfere with the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out responsibilities as a Director. Such a relationship should be assumed to exist when a Director (him/her self or in conjunction with affiliates):
  • is occupying, or has recently occupied an executive function in the Bank or the Group;
  • is providing, or has recently provided advisor y services to the Executive Management;
  • is a major shareholder (i.e. owns, directly or indirectly, more than 5% of outstanding Audi common stock), or is a relative of a major shareholder;
  • has, or has recently had a business relationship with any of the Senior Executives or with a major shareholder;
  • is the beneficiary of credit facilities granted by the Bank;
  • is a significant client or supplier of the Bank;
  • has been, over the 3 years preceding his appointment, a partner or an employee of the Bank’s external auditor;
  • is a partner with the Bank in any material joint venture.
In addition to the above, the Board of Directors is satisfied with the ability of the independent Directors to exercise sound judgment after fair consideration of all relevant information and views without undue influence from Management or inappropriate outside interests.”

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