Aamer Abdul Aziz – Chairman & Group CEO
Aamer has 35 years of executive management experience with exceptional track record in turn-around management, performance improvements, brand building, business innovation, and sustainability. As the founder of Phoenix, Aamer is responsible for setting up the group strategic vision, business direction, fiscal planning,risk management, asset acquisitions, management and divestments, and corporate governance.
Prior to founding Phoenix, Aamer held senior roles with responsibilities for fundraising and placements, investors and government relations, and leading corporate developments for leading regional financial institutions and global multinational corporations including BD Globe, Bloomberg Capital Partners, Al Jebra Capital, Bashayer Investment, Coca-Cola International, Philip Morris International, BAT, American Express, and Union National Bank.
Having grown up on a family farm in Bahrain that was a top breeder of Arabian horses, Aamer later became a champion owner, four years in a row from 1980 to 1984. His passion for horses has kept him in the equine industry for more than three decades, during which he has developed a nexus of contacts between the Middle East, Europe, USA, and Australia.
Over the years, Aamer has developed a unique insight into the Thoroughbred industry and he visits numerous stud farms worldwide and attends most of the major races and auctions. A horse owner to this day, he is involved in numerous high-end trades and serves as a consultant for other investors in multi-million purchases of Thoroughbreds.
Aamer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from University of California, Berkeley, USA.