Saudi Aramco appoints Al Saadan to new senior post

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Aramco reports that Abdallah I. Al Saadan has been appointed senior vice president of the company’s newly created Finance, Strategy and Development organization.

Previously, Al Saadan served as vice president of corporate planning. Al Saadan has 34 years of experience with Saudi Aramco, having joined the company in 1980 as an engineer IV in cartography. Between 1980 and 1991, Al Saadan worked as an engineer for various technical and operational departments and completed the In-Kingdom College Degree Program, attaining a Bachelor of Science degree in applied engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. Later, he was selected for the Out-of-Kingdom Advanced Degree Program, attaining a Master of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisiana. 

He continued to progress through the engineer job ladder in process engineering before shifting to the managerial career path in 1996. He went on to manage teams in the ‘Uthmaniyah Gas Plant and the Facilities Planning department before he was assigned as manager of the Pipeline Projects department within the Saudi Aramco Project Management administrative area.

For a time, he also acted as Inspection manager. He then served as the president and CEO of Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Co. (SAMREF), an Aramco joint venture, in Yanbu’ (2002-2005), returning to Saudi Aramco in late 2005 as manager of the Business Analysis department. Al Saadan was then selected to attend the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree in 2007.

He was assigned executive director of Information Technology in 2007 and was then appointed vice president of Information Technology in 2008. In April 2009, he was assigned vice president of Gas Operations, based in ‘Udhailiyah, until July 2010, when he was assigned vice president of Engineering Services.

Al Saadan is currently chairman of Saudi Petroleum International Inc. He is the secretary of the Saudi Aramco Management Committee and the Corporate Center Committee; he serves on the Strategy Council. Al Saadan is also chairman of the Executive Advisory Committee, and is also on the National Committee for Clean Development Mechanism.

He is a director of the Fujian Refining & Petrochemical Co. Ltd., Sinopec Senmei (Fujian) Petroleum Co. Ltd., Saudi Aramco Asia Co., and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures. He is also past-chairman of SAMREF. He completed the Oxford Energy Seminar and the executive program at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.


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