AMIDEAST is pleased to welcome Charles “Chuck” Griffin as its new Country Director for Saudi Arabia. He joined AMIDEAST in early July and will oversee the start-up of AMIDEAST’s operations in the kingdom, which will entail establishing a full-service office in Riyadh that offers English language, test preparation, standardized testing, management training, and scholarship management programs and services.
Mr. Griffin brings to AMIDEAST a wealth of management experience in the U.S. and international business environments. Most recently, he was the chief executive officer of the Distinction Group Qatar, a new firm that provides facilitative assistance to organizations and companies that want to establish a presence in Qatar and other Middle East markets. Before that, from 2001 to 2003, he served as Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of the Alghanim Group of Companies in Kuwait, with broad operational responsibilities. In addition, he held a number of executive-level positions with the Eastman Kodak Company over a 17-year period, including assignments as General Manager of Kodak Nordic Region; President and General Manager of Kodak Mexico; and General Manager of Kodak Puerto Rico, Kodak Panama, and Kodak Peru.
Mr. Griffin earned an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Washington & Lee University.