Zack Friedman, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mina Group, was named “Revolutionary CFO of the Year” at the 7th Annual MENA CFO Awards which recognize the top business leaders in the Middle East.
Imagine That. A Jew honored at a forum in the middle of an Arab country like the United Arab Emirates where Dubai is located.
At the awards ceremony, the CFO Strategies Forum hosting the awards praised Mr. Friedman’s leadership, management, and strategic vision in front of an audience of over 150 CEOs, CFOs, and other financial leaders from across the Middle East, including from companies such as Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and KBR.
Founded in 1999, the Mina Group and its companies provide integrated energy services encompassing the entire commercial lifecycle of petroleum products in regions including Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, while trading and delivering a diverse range of petroleum products.
Held each year in Dubai, the awards recognize the important contribution of CFOs in delivering results and achieving success for their organizations. Friedman received the award for ‘Revolutionary CFO of the Year’ based on his track record and significant contribution to transformation within Mina.
“I am deeply honored to be recognized as the Revolutionary CFO of the Year, ” Friedman said. “I am especially grateful to the entire Mina team whose commitment to excellence and tireless dedication has helped make this award possible.”
“This is an outstanding achievement and is well deserved for Zack Friedman, ” said Graham O’Donoghue, Group President and Chief Executive Officer of Mina Group. “We congratulate Zack on this accomplishment, and we are grateful for this recognition as we continue to grow our business in the Middle East and Africa.”
Friedman was selected by an independent panel of judges comprised of senior Middle East financial and business executives. Nominees were assessed on various criteria, including business impact, innovation, transformation, leadership abilities, management, and strategy.
Zack Friedman received a B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. He received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and an MBA from Wharton Business School.
Mr. Friedman is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Dean’s Council at Harvard Kennedy School.