Businessman with a mission

Written by Ruchi Kapoor | Updated: Jan 31 2008, 07:29am hrs
Syed M Salahuddin, managing director, ETA Ascon Star group (Dubai) has been awarded the Asian Business Award (Middle East) for 2007, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to development in the Middle East.

Talking about what drives him to address social issues, Salahuddin says, We have been blessed with a good fortune. The company has always worked for the upliftment of society in general and the underprivileged sections in particular. Besides providing employment to a large number of people, we focus on education and healthcare which are of prime importance.

$5-billion ETA Ascon Star is a highly diversified group with associate offices in more than 22 countries. And he is upbeat on expansion, "Certainly, we have a massive expansion plan in place. You will see for yourself as it unfolds. We will be consolidating our lead position in various spheres of operations and entering new areas as well, he adds.