Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2013 (Revised June 2015)

Ibrahim Dabdoub at the National Bank of Kuwait

by Linda A. Hill and Dana M. Teppert


Ibrahim Dabdoub, the Group chief executive of the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK), reflects on his past 30 years at the helm of the Bank. Under his leadership, NBK grew from a small local bank to one of the preeminent financial institutions in the region. However, following the global financial crisis of 2008 and the Arab Spring, NBK had to slow its regional expansion. Dabdoub wonders if the Bank is positioned to thrive and fulfill its collective ambition to become the Arab regional bank by 2020.

Keywords: leadership; banking industry; globalization; Middle East; team leadership; Leadership Style; Leadership; Leadership Development; Groups and Teams; Growth and Development Strategy; Expansion; Banking Industry; Kuwait; Middle East;


Hill, Linda A., and Dana M. Teppert. "Ibrahim Dabdoub at the National Bank of Kuwait." Harvard Business School Case 413-107, June 2013. (Revised June 2015.)