Trade Bank of Iraq names Salem Chalabi as its new Chairman and President

Trade Bank of Iraq names Salem Chalabi as its new Chairman and President


Baghdad, 17 September 2020: Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) announced that it has named Salem Jawad Abdul Hadi Al-Chalabi as the company’s Chairman & President effective immediately under the directive of the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi.

Al-Chalabi will oversee and manage the operations of the biggest Iraqi bank whose exceptional and unprecedented financial performance has resulted in it being ranked as one of the best regional banks and the safest bank in Iraq. TBI recorded a significant financial and geographical growth last year with increase in its revenues.

Al-Chalabi, who graduated from Yale University, will bring a wealth of experience as the new Chairman of TBI.  He has previously held high-ranking positions across his career and most recently was adviser to the current Prime Minister on international legal and financial affairs.

Salem has in-depth experience in business development, strategic planning, and extensive experience in Iraqi government policies. Prior to that, Al-Chalabi was a partner in the renowned international law firm “Stephenson Harwood LLP “, and held roles at leading global law firms like DLA Piper, Clifford Chance and Morgan Lewis.

Salem Al-Chalabi will be succeeding Faisal Al Haimus in the new position, who wished him success in his new role in the future to continue the success story the bank has achieved recently to support the reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

Salem Al-Chalabi, the newly appointed Chairman and President of TBI said, “I am honoured by the new responsibility, and I am delighted to be manage the successful team at Trade Bank of Iraq, which was able to have great achievements in the recent past.”

“I value the confidence that the Prime Minister has shown in me, and I look forward to implementing a strategy that will allow TBI to achieve sustainable growth and continue building on the strong and solid foundations laid by the bank in the past years.

“We will continue to provide the best financial banking experience to customers and to develop the bank’s operations to support our country’s economic development. I extend my sincere thanks to Mr. Faisal Al Haimus for his years of service and dedication to the bank without which the bank would not have been in this successful position now.”

TBI has also increased its presence in the country by opening over than 25 branches. Besides its strong presence in Iraq, TBI is set to offer its services to customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia when its first overseas branch begins operations later this year. The bank is also planning to upgrade its Abu Dhabi office, which opened in 2017, to an asset management company and open a representative office in China.

TBI was recently ranked by The Banker’s Top 100 Arab Banks for 2020, and ‘Best Bank in Iraq 2020’ by Global Finance magazine. The achievements come just six months after TBI announced increase in its capital to $3 billion from $2.3bn, its largest growth since being launched in 2003. In 2019, TBI registered the best organic asset growth with its asset base increasing by 36.2% to $28.8bn.

TBI achieved a robust growth in revenues and in key financial areas during the financial year 2019. The financial results show that TBI achieved revenues of USD 708 million (837 billion Iraqi Dinar), which grew by 12% over 2018, and a net profit of USD 556 million (657 billion Iraqi dinars) in 2019, an increase of 68% from the previous year.


About Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI)

The Trade Bank of Iraq was established in 2003 and is the top commercial bank in the country. The bank holds approximately 80% of the trade finance business in Iraq and ranked 1 among Arab banks in terms of cost to income ratio and 319 globally in terms of Tier 1 capital. It has established 26 branches across Iraq, offering a wide range of banking services to all customers including companies, individuals and government institutions to widen its customer base and expand into new markets.