RIYADH: GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN
Published — Tuesday 15 January 2013
Last update 15 January 2013 5:34 pm
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah appointed Prince Faisal bin Salman as governor of Madinah yesterday. Prince Faisal, who presides over the largest media empire of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region called the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), is widely known for his business skills and acumen, for his unflinching support to humanitarian causes and, above all, for his rare charitable disposition.
As soon as the news of Prince Faisal's appointment broke out in the Saudi capital yesterday, congratulatory messages started pouring in from different parts of the Kingdom and abroad. A number of high-ranking officials, foreign dignitaries and citizens congratulated him on his appointment as the governor of Madinah, the second holiest city of Islam. The selection of Prince Faisal was considered a natural choice because of the prince’s reputation as a philanthropist, and an austere, hard-working disciplinarian.
His mission is "to serve Saudi society" with added zeal and enthusiasm at a time when the country and the region are facing different challenges.
Prince Faisal's appointment was being celebrated not only in the SRMG but also across the Kingdom by one and all.
Born on Dec. 25, 1970 in Jeddah, Prince Faisal is the fifth son of Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense. A graduate of Oxford University, Prince Faisal is a young visionary leader well-versed in the affairs of the state. He has intimate knowledge of local, regional and international affairs also. Prince Faisal, who also holds a doctorate degree, wrote a thesis on "Iran, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf: Power Politics in Transition 1968-1971."
Before starting his business career, the SRMG chief was a professor of political science at the Riyadh-based King Saud University (KSU), a premier educational institution of the Kingdom. After the death of his brother Prince Ahmed bin Salman in 2002, Prince Faisal took over as chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group. He, because of his untiring efforts, led the SRMG to attain greater heights gradually but consistently.