Sarah Al-Suhaimi, Chairperson Saudi Tadawul Group
Sarah Al-Suhaimi, Chairperson Saudi Tadawul Group

Saudi Stock Exchange transforms in preparation for IPO


The Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) on Wednesday (April 7) announced its transformation into a holding group structure and reinforcing its capabilities in technology innovation by launching a dedicated applied technology solutions company, Wamid.  This transformation marks a new chapter in the Group’s history and signals its readiness for the IPO in 2021.

Tadawul announced the launch of a holding company, the Saudi Tadawul Group, which will become the parent company with a portfolio of four subsidiaries: the Saudi Exchange, a dedicated stock exchange business (previously known as the Saudi Stock Exchange Company – Tadawul), the Securities Clearing Center Company (Muqassa), the Securities Depository Center Company (Edaa) and Wamid – a new innovative applied technology services business, focused on providing innovation and nascent technologies within the Saudi economy through pragmatic innovation.

The launch of Wamid will add depth and diversity to the Saudi Tadawul Group and its subsidiaries’ offerings, strengthen market infrastructure through innovative solutions, and capture expansion opportunities through targeted investments in an array of sectors and industries. It will increase the Saudi capital market’s attractiveness among global investors and reinforce its position as the issuers’ exchange of choice.

The Group will benefit from the integration and synergies between its subsidiaries, ensuring efficient intra-group operations across the organization. The operational independence of each subsidiary will create an agile environment supporting rapid responses to evolving global and local market trends. It will also facilitate the introduction of best-in-class services to all market participants, diversification of investment opportunities, and the continued development of the Saudi capital market, its infrastructure, and member’s offerings.

To lead this Group structure, Sarah Al-Suhaimi, current Chairperson of Tadawul’s Board of Directors, will become Chairperson of the Saudi Tadawul Group, and Eng. Khalid Al-Hussan will become the Group’s Chief Executive Officer.

Mohammed Al-Rumaih, who has more than 17 years of experience in the financial sector, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of (Saudi Exchange). Previously, Al-Rumaih held various administrative and leadership positions in Tadawul, and oversaw the development of several financial instruments, major listings and marketing initiatives.

Furthermore, Mohammed Al-Nory has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of (Wamid). Al-Nouri brings 16 years of experience in commercial and investment banking, with a wealth of knowledge in corporate finance, business development and Capital Markets’ products.

During a press conference, Sarah Al-Suhaimi, Chairperson Saudi Tadawul Group, said: “The transformation into the new structure under Saudi Tadawul Group, will support the continued growth of the Saudi capital market and reinforce its position as a global market leader and advanced capital market.”

“This is a significant achievement in our journey to transform Saudi Arabia’s economy. Comprehensive capital market reforms are not only prudent, but essential to ensuring higher economic growth, and achieving the nation-wide goal of the successful delivery of Saudi’s Vision 2030 and aligned with the strategy of the Public Investment Fund (PIF),” Al-Suhaimi added.

Eng. Khalid Al-Hussan, CEO of Saudi Tadawul Group, commented: “The new structure will enable us to deliver high-quality services across all our business lines, increase our competitiveness, and align our capital market with the rapid growth of Emerging Markets. I’m confident that the Saudi Tadawul Group and its subsidiary companies will shape what comes next in terms of capital market development in Saudi Arabia, serving as the bridge connecting global investors and regional economies. The transformation provides a strong platform for the Saudi Tadawul Group’s IPO.”

Al-Hussan Continued: “The transformation into a group is part of a continuous development program. The development program is focused on enhancing the capital market, attracting foreign investments and diversifying the economy, while supporting issuers and investors to achieve their ambitions, and providing them with access to attractive investment opportunities, in what is considered the region’s next financial capital.”

Tadawul is the sole entity authorized in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to act as the Securities Exchange. It mainly carries out listing and trading in securities, as well as deposit, transfer, clearing, settlement, and registry of ownership of securities traded on the Exchange.