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INTRODUCTION

Results oriented and well networked with a tenacious but influential approach, multi-culturally aware and resourceful Business Advisor with more than 35 years of experience. Achieving annual targets whilst managing, developing and empowering strong multidiscipline teams to achieve strategic objectives.

He advises executives on strategies, business processes, technologies and program management. He is a frequent speaker on various forums and summits on the impact of technology on business. Based in Dubai and exposed to various industries (Oil & Gas, Public Sector, Utilities, Telecommunication and Transportation) during his tenure with international organizations like Oracle, Andersen and Ernst & Young.

Work History

2013Present

Managing Director

CIM Consulting

Managing Director CIM Consulting Ghassan is the managing director of CIM. CIM specializes in providing consulting, integration and management services in addition to strategy development, problem solving and business transformation. His main duty is to develop profitable relationships with clients in pursuit of key strategic projects to the extent of leading consortiums with other partners enhancing the high standards throughout in the tendering process, collecting and collating relevant market and client information. This is done to achieve a key strategic mapping of the sector, to ensure the successful bidding of future proposals and also to maintain existing profitable client contacts. Major Engagements are:

  • ERP Strategist for Arqitek: Ghassan is the chief strategist for ERP project to one of the major ministries in the region (MOI-Ministry of Interior).
  • VP Sales & Marketing for Lin Scan: He conducted an organizational restructuring of Lin Scan's Operations Department and later headed the sales and marketing department for LIN SCAN. LIN SCAN Advanced Pipeline is a leading service provider in Pipeline Integrity Management. It specializes in design & manufacturing of pipeline inspection equipment (Caliper, MFL, TFI & UT).
  • Chairman: Ghassan was the chairman for 2014 E&P Data and Knowledge Management 3rd Global Praxis Interactive Technology Workshop.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JswaBdkGFNE
  • SME / Speaker for the e-Government workshop conducted in Dubai for the Government of Sudan.
  • Data Migration Services  Ghassan assisted AreebAreeba a social media company, in recovering its application and data servers and migrating it to a web hosting company.
  • Advisory Services  Ghassan was engaged in an advisory services on company’s mission, IT strategy, selecting and configuring Accounting system. Solar City. City Solar is one of the leading companies specialized in Solar Photovoltaic (PV) power generation in UAE. 
20042013

Director

Oracle Corporation
  • Oil & Gas Industry Leader – MEA (2011 - 2013): 

    He was responsible for the industry’s strategic accounts planning, building and maintaining effective relationships with senior executives, understanding their needs and ensuring better customer satisfaction. As a member of the Global O&G team, he defined and justified solution blueprints based on Oracle’s products portfolio (ERP, EPMS, EAMS, etc.) while maximizing sales of licenses & support, consulting and training services. He evaluated and generated opportunities applying industry’s insight, broad market knowledge, developing innovative Value Propositions, in order to maximize sales pipeline.

    On the other hand, he positioned Oracle in the industry by participating in industry conferences as a keynote speaker, networking with industry executives, sharing challenges, discussing alternative approaches to pressing business issues, and identifying best practices for organizations.

  • Public Sector Business Advisory Director-MEA (2004 - 2011):

As a director of the Business Advisory unit, he built and maintained effective relationships with existing customers, from business and IT streams, understood their needs, and subsequently defined solution blueprints. He articulated solution plans, roadmaps and tracked benefits, generating up-sell opportunities while developing customer's business.

He conducted many QA engagements for major government entities to set the course for successful ERP implementation projects (Namibia MOF, Botswana MOF, Ghana MOF, Oman MOCS).

He developed value propositions, in order to maximize the generation of license sales, and was able to lead teams and perform strategic account planning He demonstrated complete knowledge of Public Sector industry and its market, including:

    • Industry profile and trends
    • Competitive offerings
    • Oracle and Partners ' solutions
    • Portfolio of case studies of implementations
    • Links to product and industry teams, where appropriate
    • Information on future Oracle solutions
    • Ability to represent Oracle at relevant marketing or industry event
20022004

Director

Ernst & Young

As a Consulting Director, he took the initiative to develop the consulting business in GCC Markets. He worked as Project Director for many projects listed in the attached Appendix. As such he ensured that the project produced the required solution to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost, managed conflicts and risks, secured resources and monitored project progress

19982002

Senior Manager

Andersen

Hw worked as a Project Manager for many ERP implementations and Developing ICT Strategy engagements listed in the attached Appendix. He developed project plans and Work plans with input from other team leaders and ensured the contents of the Project Plan are adhered to throughout the course of projects, controlled budgets, scheduling resources, and recommending implementation approaches, assisted in Change Management process, identified and managed all product-related training requirements, and prepared and delivered regular reports on the project progress and outstanding issues

19951998

Senior Applications Consultant

Oracle Corporation

Hw took the initiative to introduce FastForward methodology to consulting firms and partners. He developed a boot camp course and ran it in MEO for 80 consultants. He conducted scoping studies and demonstrated Oracle Apps to ADCO, GASCO, ADMA-OPCO, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, MEA Airlines, Yemenia Airlines, Etisalat, etc.

19941995

Managing Director

Integrated Control Systems

Managing Director He developed various systems e.g. Inventory Control, Payroll, Accounting, Hotel Front Office, Car Rental, Maintenance, Projects Intelligence, etc.

Jan 1980Jan 1994

Senior Computer Systems Engineer

ADMA-OPCO

Senior Computer Systems Engineer Started as a software engineer and later on, he was promoted to head a unit of 22 engineers and technicians as the Senior Computer Systems Engineer in the Control Engineering division within the Operations department. Major Projects:

  • 1984 Offshore Development project-Remote Terminal Units replacement.
  • Umm Shaif SCADA system replacement project.
  • Umm Shaif Accommodation Platform Fire and Gas Detection and Protection system.
  • Replacement of CMMS system with Indus

Education

Various Professional Institutes

Consultative Selling in Applications, Sales Leadership, Managing your Sales Business, Managing Projects in Organisations, Team Building & Situational Leadership Skills, Team & Performance Management, Creating Superior Services and Several other technical courses that are too many to mention.

Personal

Canadian, married and family is residing in Dubai, UAE.

  • Languages:  Arabic and English.
  • Hobbies:       Filmmaking & Photography.

Professional Activities

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JswaBdkGFNE http://www.emiratesweek.com/2014/10/63609 https://www.zawya.com/story/Industry_Experts_to_Gather_in_Abu_Dhabi_to_Discuss_Todays_Challenges_in_Upstream_Data_Management_UDM-ZAWYA20140828081658/   http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Ghassan-Mayassi/1177610337

Major Assignments from 1998 to 2011    

PROJECT BRIEFINGS

ROLE

INDUSTRY

  • Government Shared ERP Platform study for Abu Dhabi Government (ADSIC, Department of Finance, The Executive Council of Abu Dhabi Government, Abu Dhabi Municipality, Al Ain Municipality, Western Region Municipality, Department of Municipal Affairs and Department of Transport)

This project covered government IT vision, organization structure, business & reporting requirements, Application & Technology architectures and technology infrastructure related to shared ERP platform.

Project Director & Enterprise Architect

Public Sector

  • Discovery sessions for business / functional requirements for Dubai Government (Government Information Resource Planning Department, Department of Finance, Dubai Municipality, Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment, Dubai Police, Roads & Transport Authority)

Conducted various sessions on current implementation enhancement strategy, expansion of solution footprint, training strategy, strategic budgeting and balanced scorecard.

Project Director

Public Sector

  • Information and Application Strategy and Future direction project for Department of Finance in Abu Dhabi

Conducted a discovery sessions for future direction in expanding the ERP solution footprint in the areas of strategic budgeting, business intelligence and advanced procurement (Tendering, Suppliers’ portal, etc.)

Project Director & Solution Architect

Public Sector

  • ERP Implementation Quality Assurance for Ministry of Finance & Industry UAE

Led a team of experts to conduct a health-check exercise on the ERP implementation project.

QA Director

Public Sector

  • Information System Strategy and Business Process Reengineering for Ajman Government.

This project covered, the government IT vision, organization structure, business and reporting requirements, Application & Technology architectures and technology infrastructure.

Project Director

Public Sector

  • HRMS Post-implementation Assessment for Ministry of Manpower in Oman

Led a team of experts to assess the HRMS system and recommend the way forward.

Project Director

Public Sector

  • Project Management and supervision of ERP implementation for Ministry of Defence in Oman

The assignment was to set-up a PMO office for the implementation of Oracle Financials and supply chain. It included setting up a Master Data and cleansing team.

Project Director

Public Sector

  • Project Director for ERP vs. Bespoke development project for Ministry of Finance in Oman

This project covered requirement definition for financial, procurement and payroll streams, assess the current system and recommend the ministry’s strategy of whether to go for a ready made ERP package or continue with the customized bespoke software.

Project Director

Public Sector

  • ICT Strategy discovery session for Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Telecommunication & Information Technology, Mauritius

This project covered, the government IT vision, organization structure, business and reporting requirements, Application & Technology architectures and technology infrastructure

Project Director & Solution Architect

Public Sector

  • ICT Strategy discovery session for Ministry of Science, Communication & Technology, Botswana

This project covered, the government IT vision, organization structure, business and reporting requirements, Application & Technology architectures and technology infrastructure

Project Director & Solution Architect

Public Sector

  • ERP Implementation project Quality Assurance and Health-Check for Ministry of Finance in Botswana

Headed a team of experts assessing the functional and technical aspects of the project and recommended a roll-out plan for 34 government entities.

QA Director

Public Sector

  • Create Project Plan and QA ERP Re-implementation project for Ministry of Finance in Namibia

Masterminded the strategy for the re-implementation of a failed project, created a master plan for the client and acted as a quality assurance director for the project.

QA Director

Public Sector

  • Develop Technical Architecture and Conduct a QA for the ERP project for Petrolube, KSA.

This project covered the implementation of Oracle Financials, HR and Process Manufacturing (Inventory, Formula, Forecasts, MPS, Production, Cost management, Accounting Controller)

Technical Architect & QA Manager

Oil & Gas

  • Led the implementation of Oracle Projects at EMARAT in Dubai and conducted Oracle AIM Methodology training

Team Lead (Project Costing)

Oil & Gas

  • Develop system processes & procedures and implement Oracle ERP applications for The Saudi Arabian Mining Company (MA’ADEN), KSA.

The project covered development of MA’ADEN High Level System Processes and Procedures for the selected implemented modules of Oracle and Maximo applications and the implementation of Oracle Applications (Financials, PO, Inventor, HR & Payroll).

Solution Architect

Natural Resources

  • Project Supervision & Master Planning the ERP project for Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), KSA.

This project covered consolidating the plans of all parties (5) including E&Y role as Project Supervisor.

Master Project Planner & Quality Assurance

Utilities

  • ERP Implementation for MobileCom (Telco – GSM Operator) in Jordan.

The project involved implementation of Oracle Financials, Distribution, OFA suite, the development of industry specific application extensions and the development of Five interfaces between Oracle Application and other existing systems such as Billing etc.

Project Manager & Solution Architect

Telco

  • ERP implementation and the development of policies and procedures for Silki La Silki Telecom Group of Companies in KSA

This project covered the implementation of Oracle financials and distribution for THREE business entities, namely, Boraq, PrimeNet and Silki La Silki.

Project Manager & Solution Architect

Telco

  •  IT Strategy & Software Selection for Qatar Steel Company.

This engagement included the selection of a Computerized Maintenance Management system and a Document Management System. The final IT deliverable included Strategy Blue print, Application Architecture, Technical Architecture, Change Management and IT organizational transformation Plan, QASCO’s Roadmap and Business Case.

Project Director & Solution Architect

Manufacturing

  • IT Strategy and Requirement Definition for ERP Applications for Arabian Danish Paint Company (DYRUP), KSA.

Assess existing applications and IT infrastructure, gather functional requirements and map it to Oracle Financials & Process Manufacturing, propose a solution and way forward.

Solution Architect

Manufacturing

  • Implementation of Oracle Applications Oracle Middle East Specialized Cables (MESC) & Middle East Fiber Optics (MEFC), KSA.

The project had two phases, the first phase covered financials, Order Management, Payroll & Time Management, and Discrete Manufacturing (BOM, WIP, Cost Management, PO & Inventory. The second phase covered CRM, HR and Discrete Manufacturing (Capacity, MPS/MRP, Quality, Engineering Shop Floor Management).

Project Director & Solution Architect

Manufacturing

  • Information System Strategic Planning for Hayel Saeed Anam Group of Companies in Yemen

This included NATTCO (Multi-discipline Trading group) and NADFOOD (Diary & Canned food process manufacturing group).

Project Manager & Solution Architect

Manufacturing & Trading

  •  IT Strategy & Software Selection for Salam Holding (16 companies) in Qatar

The scope included functional streams such as Financials and Budgeting, Procurement, Inventory and Order Management, Human Resources and Payroll, CRM, Project accounting for contracting and industrial projects, Decision Support (DSS) and Interface to Legacy systems (Existing Point of Sales and Existing Retail system)

Project Director

Trading

  • ERP Implementation for Faisal Bin Qassim Holding Company and its group of 8 companies in Qatar.

The project involved implementation of Oracle Financials and Distribution as well as selecting Property Management software. He formulated the shared services concept by implementing an IT shared service for the whole group. The solution was rolled out to the rest of the companies covering property, hospitality & tourism, construction, education, trading and Pharmaceutical line of businesses.   This project involves the implementation of Oracle Financials, distribution, property management and Point of Sale system interfacing.

Project Director & Solution Architect

Real-Estate, Pharmaceutical & Distribution