Bassam Kanaan

Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer

  • Appointed: 2014
  • Joined Hikma: 2001
  • Nationality: Jordanian

Skills and experience: Bassam joined Hikma as Chief Financial Officer in 2001 and played a leading role in preparing for Hikma’s IPO in 2005 and in its subsequent M&A activity. In January 2011, Bassam was promoted to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer for the MENA and EU regions, where he led the implementation of important organisational and operational improvements. In 2014, he was promoted to the newly created role of Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer, with Group-level responsibility for strategic development, acquisitions, alliances and product development. Bassam is responsible for delivering the expansion vision of the Chief Executive.

Bassam is qualified as a US Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Bassam has a BA from Claremont McKenna College and an International Executive MBA from Kellogg/Recanati Schools of Management.

Other appointments: Bassam currently holds a Non-Executive Directorship in Arab Bank. Bassam has served on the Boards of Aqaba Development Co., Jordan Dubai Properties, Zara Holding, Capital Bank of Jordan, CEGCO and Paltel. Bassam is active in several non-profit and charity organisations and is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Welfare Association in Jordan.