Kamal founded Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group in 1987 with the opening of The Body Shop store in the western region of KSA. The Group today has over 700 stores across the GCC with multiple retail brands including own brands such as Nayomi & Mikyajy, longside franchise brands like The Body Shop and Early Learning Centre. Both Nayomi, a women’s lingerie and nightwear brands, and Mikyajy, a cosmetic and fragrance brand were developed by Kamal while CEO of the Group.
Kamal began his career in 1982 with Procter & Gamble in both the USA and in Saudi Arabia. Over a seven year period Kamal worked initially in manufacturing on the production lines then moved to operations management, process engineering, and quality lab management. Kamal then moved to marketing and after several years became the Brand Manager for detergent and dishwashing brands across the Arabian Peninsula. Kamal graduated from Lacnhester University, UK with a BSc. in Production Engineering.
Hisham Al Amoudi has now been working for KOJ for two decades and has direct responsibility for The Body Shop, Early Learning Centre, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Nayomi Beauty Salon and Business Development. He has worked closely with the founder in growing the business from a handful of shops in Jeddah in the nineties to over 700 stores across the GCC today.
Hisham has focused his career on establishing and growing the main international brands The Body Shop and Early Learning Center as well as KOJ private brands Mikyajy and Nayomi. During his tenure Hisham has also managed several support services functions.
Stephen Holbrook manages the Nayomi lingerie, Nayomi Abaya, and Soiree brands within the KOJ Group. He joined the Group in January of 2013 and has over 20 years of apparel industry experience managing brands such as Playtex, Wonderbra, Gossard, & Shock Absorber; as well as developing long term strategic partnerships with Marks & Spencer and Victoria’s Secret.
Prior to joining, Stephen was responsible for the Courtaulds Women’s Wear Division and was a Non-Executive Director of a leading London PR firm. Stephen holds an MSc from the Cranfield Institute of Technology.
Ian Halliwell is our Group Operations Director, overseeing our Human Resource, Information Technology, Supply and Distribution and Property Management teams. He joined the Group in December of 2005 and has over 20 years of International retail background with retail groups such as Kingfisher Group of companies, Marks and Spencer PLC and Arcadia Group in the UK.
Prior to joining Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group, Ian was responsible for the development a number of retail stores across the UAE including those of Debenhams Group.