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  • Chris Taylor
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Abu Dhabi Finance, United Arab Emirates

Chris joined Abu Dhabi Finance in 2009 and is responsible for overall strategy execution, leadership and management at Abu Dhabi Finance

Chris is an experienced Chartered Accountant with local and international financial services experience, having spent 7 years in the UAE, and with two decades’ diverse industry experience across the retail, commercial, and corporate banking and insurance sectors abroad

Chris was awarded ICAEW Middle East Chartered Accountant of the year in 2012. Under his leadership Abu Dhabi Finance received the awards of “Best Home Finance Product” at the 2013 & 2014 Banker Middle East Product Awards and “Best Home Finance Company” at the 2013 Banker Middle East Industry Awards.

Chris has developed strong partnerships with UAE government agencies with responsibility for development of the UAE economy and enjoys developing and providing coaching to Emirati talent and diverse multicultural teams.

Prior to joining Abu Dhabi Finance, Chris was Head of Internal Audit and Interim CEO at the National Bank of Fujairah in 2007, and he was Director of Compliance and Operational Risk Management for Retail Banking Operations in Europe for Bank of America, where he exhibited his international leadership skills as he directed a team of 60 people across the European region.

Chris holds a BA Hons in Geography from Liverpool University, UK, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales).

In between work and family commitments he enjoys Triathlon, having recently completed the Abu Dhabi Short Course International Triathlon event.