Alex Thursby

National Bank of Abu Dhabi - NBAD

Group Chief Executive Officer

Alex Thursby became the Group Chief Executive Officer of the National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) on July 1, 2013.

As the Group CEO, Mr Thursby is responsible for defining the strategic direction of the bank and the day to day management of NBAD and its subsidiary companies. He reports to the Board of Directors and leads the Executive Committee which is responsible for implementation of the bank’s strategic plans, ensuring that sustainable growth is achieved. Under Mr Thursby’s leadership, NBAD has been recognised as one of the safest banks in the Middle East, and is the highest rated bank in the UAE.

Mr Thursby joined NBAD from ANZ Bank where he was CEO of International and Institutional Banking. During his six-year career at ANZ, Mr Thursby also served as the CEO of Asia Pacific and America. He was the architect of ANZ’s international expansion.

Prior to ANZ, Mr Thursby was with Standard Chartered Bank for 21 years, working in various functions, including corporate and institutions, wholesale banking, derivatives, and lease finance. He also managed the bank’s business in diverse geographical areas, including Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

Over the course of his extensive banking career, Mr Thursby has worked in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, the UK, and now in the UAE.

Mr Thursby earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Australia. He also attended the London Business School – International Business Consortium, and the Senior International Management program at Insead.