Daimler to elect Kuwait wealth chief to its board

Leading commercial vehicle manufacturer Daimler nominates Bader Mohammad Al Saad, MD of the Kuwait Investment Authority, for a position on its supervisory board

Bader Mohammad Al Saad, MD of the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA).
Bader Mohammad Al Saad, MD of the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA).

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The supervisory board of Daimler has proposed the election of Bader Mohammad Al Saad, managing director of the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), to its board at the group’s annual shareholders’ meeting.

Bader Mohammad Al Saad is being nominated for election as a member representing the shareholders, and the meeting where his nomination will be considered will be held in Berlin on 29 March, 2017.

Manfred Bischoff, chairman of the supervisory board, said: “Kuwait has been a shareholder of Daimler for more than 40 years, is our biggest shareholder, and has become our most dependable partner [in spite of] all of the highs and lows in the company’s history over the past four decades.”

The supervisory board of Daimler, he noted, has a responsibility to its shareholders and especially those that have entrusted the company with their investment over a long period. The proposed election of Al Saad is a move to recognise this responsibility.

Bischoff continued: “We are grateful to have Kuwait as a shareholder at our side who supports the strategy of the company and, together with us, aims to secure a successful future for Daimler, while Al Saad is familiar with capital markets and various industrial companies thanks to his long-standing experience as MD of KIA.”

Through the Kuwait Investment Authority, Kuwait holds a 6.8% stake in Daimler AG. The Kuwait Investment Authority was established in 1953 and is the world’s oldest sovereign wealth fund.

Bader Mohammad Al Saad would replace Dr Bernd Bohr, who has agreed that it is “in the interests of the company” for him to step down from the supervisory board at the end of the 2017 annual shareholders’ meeting.

Bischoff added: “This willingness to act in the interests of the company merits the greatest respect. In return, the supervisory board has declared its intention to propose the re-election of Dr Bernd Bohr to the supervisory board within the next two years.”

Al Saad has previously served on the boards of both domestic and international companies, including the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation. He is currently a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Bank of America and a member of the Advisory Board of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).

He is a founding member of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF) and was its Chairman and Deputy Chairman from its inception in 2009 until October 2015.

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