Upstream expert Nasser to lead Saudi Aramco

Updated 18 September 2015
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Upstream expert Nasser to lead Saudi Aramco

JEDDAH: Long-serving Saudi Aramco executive Amin Hassan Nasser was on Thursday appointed as the president and chief executive officer of the world’s largest energy company.
The decision was announced during the first meeting in Jeddah of the recently constituted Saudi Aramco Supreme Council led by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The meeting was chaired by Prince Mohammed and attended by the Saudi Aramco Supreme Council board members, including Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman, Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi, Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf, Economy and Planning Minister Adel Fakeih and Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih.
The meeting included a presentation on Saudi Aramco’s role in supporting the Kingdom’s sustainable development initiatives and a review of the company’s strategic transformation program as it bids to become a truly integrated energy firm.
Ever since Al-Falih, the former president and chief executive officer of Saudi Aramco, was named as the health minister in April this year, Nasser, who is in his 50s, was running the affairs of the oil giant in an acting capacity.
On Thursday, Nasser expressed his profound gratitude to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and the deputy crown prince for being entrusted with Saudi Aramco.
“I am deeply humbled and honored by the trust bestowed upon me by our leaders and I thank the Saudi Aramco Supreme Council for entrusting me with the responsibility of taking this great company to even greater heights of achievement,” Nasser said.
Saudi Aramco would remain committed to being the most reliable supplier of energy and continue to pursue its strategy of becoming the world’s leading integrated energy and chemicals enterprise, he said.
“Our continued success lies in carrying forward the firm foundations established by my predecessors,” Nasser said. “I am privileged to lead a remarkably talented team, whose skills and support will be so crucial to address the challenges of the future,” he added. Nasser has been with the company for more than three decades having joined it in 1982 after graduating from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering.
He is widely respected in the company and industry. The contracting companies that deal with Saudi Aramco on a regular basis describe him as a tough negotiator.
“He is a very down-to-earth person,” said an industry expert who has seen his style of working. “He doesn’t show off and never makes you feel he is such a high-ranking executive at Saudi Aramco.”
But behind that gentle persona is a man with a steely resolve who knows the company full well. “He is known as an upstream visionary,” said one industry expert. The upstream sector includes the searching for potential underground or underwater crude oil and natural gas fields, drilling of exploratory wells, and bring the deposits to the surface.
In his recent speeches, he has talked about harnessing new technology and empowering young people, said the expert. “Everybody is excited over his confirmation as the chief,” he said. “He is a very amiable and well-liked person.”
He takes over at a time when several projects are facing challenges, but under Nasser, experts said, the company will flourish again.
“He is the right man for the right job,” said another expert.
Nasser’s biography on the company’s website shows extensive experience, including holding various technical and operational assignments with the production engineering, drilling and reservoir management departments from November 1982 to February 1991. From March 1991 to May 1997, he held various supervisory positions in the engineering and producing departments.
In June 1997, Nasser was named manager of Ras Tanura Producing Department, and later, manager of Northern Area Producing Engineering Department, Safaniya Offshore Producing Department, and Safaniya Onshore Producing Department, respectively. He was appointed chief petroleum engineer in April 2004, and in May 2005 was named executive director of Petroleum Engineering and Development. He has held various assignments, including the Saudi Aramco Management Development Seminar in Washington, D.C., in 1999; the Saudi Aramco Global Business Program in 2000; and the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University in 2002.


Samsung delays Galaxy Fold media events in China

Updated 22 April 2019
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Samsung delays Galaxy Fold media events in China

  • Instead of plaudits ahead of the phone’s launch on April 26 in the US, Samsung has instead received brickbats
  • The hashtag #foldgate trended on Twitter because of the smartphone issues

SEOUL: Smartphone maker Samsung postponed media events for its Galaxy Fold planned for this week in Hong Kong and Shanghai, a company official said, days after reviewers of the foldable handset reported defective samples.
The official did not elaborate on reasons or rescheduling.
Instead of plaudits ahead of the phone’s launch on April 26 in the United States, the South Korean conglomerate has been blighted by technology journalists reporting breaks, bulges and blinking screens after using their samples for as little as a day.
Samsung said it received “a few” reports of damage to the displays of samples of the $1,980 handset, raising the specter of the combustible Galaxy Note 7 three years ago which the firm ultimately pulled from shelves at massive cost.
The reviewers’ reports of broken screens went viral online and prompted the creation of hashtag #foldgate on Twitter.
Samsung has hailed the folding design as the future in a field that has seen few surprises since Apple’s iPhone in 2007. Chinese rival Huawei Technologies has also announced a folding handset, the Mate X.
The Samsung official on Monday said it had no change to its previously announced release date in the United States.
It plans to begin South Korean and European sales in May, and Chinese sales from an undisclosed date.