Posted on January 26, 2015

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Building Solutions (HBS) announced today that Youssef Fraiwat (pictured) has been appointed as General Manager for Qatar. Youssef will be based in Doha and will concentrate on working closely with customers and end-users, enabling stakeholders to have direct access to Honeywell’s wide-range of solutions, global expertise and talent. He will also focus on identifying areas where Honeywell can help support Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) growth program in Qatar.

“Youssef is an accomplished leader who will add depth and expertise to our regional leadership team,” said Norm Gilsdorf, President & CEO for Honeywell Russia, Central Asia and Middle East. “He has built a track record of driving a ‘customer-first’ mindset across our Middle East operations.  His work experience and extensive knowledge of the Qatar market will be a great asset as we continue to expand our presence in the country and align our strategy with Qatar’s National Vision 2030, which aims to create a sustainable economy and advance the living standards of the country. Youssef will be instrumental in steering our efforts to support a sustainable Qatari economy and improve living standards.”  

Today, Qatar is experiencing significant economic diversification outside the traditional hydrocarbon industries and into other high growth opportunities, such as critical infrastructure development and protection, smart cities and transportation. For more than 40 years, Honeywell has provided technology solutions that have increased safety, efficiency and productivity across Qatar, and is tirelessly supporting the development of several of the country’s hospitals, airports, hotels and education facilities.

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Born and raised in the region, Youssef has more than a decade’s experience of working with government ministries as well as national and international oil companies across the Middle East. Trained as a mechanical engineer, Youssef started his career working as a project engineer for Schlumberger and then moved to consulting when he joined Booz & Company in 2008. There he focused on supporting projects in the oil and gas sector, including energy efficiency programs and clean energy initiatives. Youssef left Booz to join Honeywell Middle East in 2013, serving as Director of Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Honeywell Middle East.

Commenting on his appointment, Youssef said: “Using Honeywell’s extensive portfolio of products and solutions to help make infrastructure smarter, safer, more comfortable and more secure, we will ensure our customers benefit greatly from the years of experience and expertise Honeywell has acquired, while supporting Qatar’s development needs. I very much look forward to collaborating with our customers and partners to grow our dynamic partnerships further.” 

HBS installs, integrates and maintains the systems that keep infrastructural facilities safe, secure, comfortable, productive and energy efficient - from the simple service and maintenance of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, to comprehensive design, installation, integration and ongoing optimization of multiple facility and management systems - Honeywell is committed to helping meet the needs of its customers in Qatar.