Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fadi has worked and supported almost every business unit at Stanley Black & Decker, starting in Rhode Island with our BOSTITCH brand. He moved to Connecticut to join the corporate accounting team, and then managed the finance and accounting integration when Stanley merged with Black & Decker. He’s now based in Dubai, where he is the regional controller for our Global Emerging Markets team.
"In terms of finance, I’d call it basics 101, but this role is really more about leadership – building a strong controllership culture, being collaborative and acting as a true business partner," he said. "We know we want to win more market share, but we will not compromise on our ethics. It’s one of the reasons I’m proud to work here."
Fadi says he’s not really surprised to find himself working at the world’s No. 1 tool company.
"That’s because I’ve been using STANLEY hand tools since my childhood," he said. "I remember my father had one manual STANLEY drill that never broke even if you tried to break it purposely! We have these iconic brands that I’m so pleased to support through my work."
So how does a controller do that?
Fadi said he recently had to chance to help our DEWALT brand grow in Egypt by leading negotiations with an old distributor that the company wanted to exit, and reducing legal and financial exposures. He successfully executed the exit plan and worked with the commercial team to relaunch DeWALT with the new partner.
"We are already seeing the growth results," he said. "And that’s probably the best thing about working for this company—leadership is willing to listen and you can stretch yourself beyond your job description to help the business grow."