Abu Dhabi, UAE – 17th November, 2016: The president and CEO of Houston Methodist Global Healthcare Services was among five women business leaders recently honored at the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce Annual VIP Board Dinner, in conjunction with ADIPEC.
Cathy Easter, was recognized at the event held at the Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Ballroom, which included attendees representing oil and gas, health care, aviation and logistics, EPC and oilfield services and IT and professional services.
In addition to Easter, women in executive leadership roles from Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company and Statoil were recognized with the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce 2016 Women in Executive Leadership Award for contributions to local, regional and global economies and societies.
The awardees also comprised Huda M. Al-Ghoson, executive director of Human Resources at Saudi Aramco; Kathy Pepper, vice president Middle East & Russia at ExxonMobil Production Company; Najat Mohammed Sharif, chairperson of the Ladies’ Working Committee at Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company and Raghdaa Hasan, senior vice president Global Business Development at Statoil.
“It is a great pleasure to be recognised by the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce,” said Easter, a Board advisor for the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, who was recognized for bringing world-class health care excellence to the UAE and wider region. “As a female leader I take very seriously my personal and professional responsibilities to continue to develop and mentor future women leaders, and it is an incredible honor to have that effort supported by the Bilateral Chamber. Our long standing partnership with the Bilateral Chamber is part of our pledge to working with partners to improve the quality of healthcare around the globe and the UAE. “
Easter said Houston Methodist has demonstrated its commitment to the Middle East in a number of ways through direct patient care activities, forging partnerships with high quality physicians and establishing institutions in Dubai and Riyadh. Recently Houston Methodist partnered with Meraas in the development of the newly opened Valiant Clinic, a premier wellness clinic in Dubai.
“We are delighted to present the Women in Executive Leadership Award. All five women have demonstrated exceptional commitment to enhancing the quality of services in the Middle East across a number of sectors, and this award is testament to their hard work in their field,” said David L. Phillips, chairman of the board of the Bilateral Chamber.
“It’s important for us to recognize executive female leaders such as Cathy who have made a significant impact in bringing world class health care excellence to the UAE and been a driving force in encouraging collaboration between the UAE and the US. She is a great advocate not only for Houston Methodist but also the incredible technology that Houston Methodist has been at the forefront of launching. She is committed to supporting a fully integrated approach that inspires the next generation of innovators whether they come from the US or from the UAE.
“The award recognizes these women’s achievements to date; however I am confident that we will see much more from all of them in the future and I look forward to witnessing their future accomplishments,” he said.