Ghassan Freiwat

Chief Executive Officer

Ghassan is a people’s person, author of two books and several columns and interviews, a widely popular name among the HVACR fraternity in the MEA region. He is also an avid presenter and key note speaker.

Ghassan comes from corporate culture background wherein he served for 20 years with an avid interest in diversity and inclusion. In the year 2000 he moved on with a role of Business Development Leader with Trane Air-conditioning based in MEA headquarters in Dubai. Trane was part of American Standards back then and later in 2009 it was acquired by Ingersoll Rand.

He started as a Business Development Leader and moved up the ladders to be the Commercial Director for the entire product portfolio across MEA. Over the years at Trane, Ghassan held a number of key strategic positions in the company overseeing business in several emerging markets in the region. Ghassan is highly experienced with the full portfolio product cycle along with sales and forecasting, pricing strategy, order management, logistics, integrated supply chain, marketing and smart business transformation.

Ghassan started his career in the automotive industry immediately after his graduation. Thereafter he moved on to the HVACR industry wherein he gathered three decades of HVAC expertise, that includes 10 years at Juma al Majid Establishment- Electro Mechanical Works, in the UAE wherein he joined at a very early age and worked up to the ladders to become the Department Manager.

Starting March 2020, Ghassan took up a challenging position at Awal Gulf Manufacturing as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer. In May 2022, was promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer. He is currently spearheading a turnaround strategy for the company with full P&L accountability and managing the day to day operations.

Ghassan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the American University of Cairo (AUC) in 1990, where he majored in industrial engineering with a minor in business administration. In the year 1993, he obtained his Post Diploma in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration from US followed by an associate degree in Business Administration. He also holds a Master’s Degree (2016) in International Management with merits from Liverpool University in the UK.

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