Oualid Lahsini was named CEO of the Middle East business, and head of client partnerships for the Middle East, North Africa and Asia at Brevan Howard, a spokeswoman confirmed.
The role is new. Mr. Lahsini is based in Abu Dhabi and reports to Natalie Faye Smith, head of strategy and client partnership group.
In February, Brevan Howard announced it is launching a regional hub in Abu Dhabi with portfolio management, research, trading, risk, operations, client services, business development, compliance and technology services.
"We are delighted to have Oualid join Brevan Howard to lead our efforts in the Middle East. His investment expertise, client-first mentality and knowledge of local market dynamics will be immensely valuable as we grow our presence in the region," Aron Landy, CEO of Brevan Howard, said in a news release Monday.
Mr. Lahsini was previously a partner and head of Middle East and Africa relationship management at Ares Management.
Zahir Khan is now head of Middle East relationship management, and Ed Polonsky is head of Europe, Middle East and Africa relationship management, an Ares spokeswoman confirmed.
Brevan Howard has $33 billion in assets under management.