Walid Abukhaled, new Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer at Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Walid Abukhaled
Updated 30 August 2019

Walid Abukhaled, new Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer at Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Walid Abukhaled is the newly appointed Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer of strategy and business development at Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI).

The former deputy minister for industrial affairs announced the news on Twitter, saying he will start working with SAMI on Sept. 1.

Abukhaled received his bachelor’s degree in industrial and management systems engineering from the University of South Florida in 1989. He also completed an executive leadership program at the University of Pennsylvania.

His career began at BAE Systems, where he worked in various positions from 1999 to 2011, including head of technical services, head of PR and communications for the Middle East, head of strategy, director of industrial strategy and director of portfolio management.

Between 2009 and 2011, Abukhaled was a board director in the advanced electronics company International System Engineering, and was chairman of the board of directors of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Co.

In 2011, he was president and CEO of General Electric in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, before serving as a consultant to the minister of commerce and industry in 2012. In 2013, he was appointed deputy minister for industrial affairs.

Abukhaled served as CEO of Northrop Grumman Corp.  from 2014 to 2015, before joining the board of the group’s overseas holdings.

In 2019, he became general manager of Northrop Grumman Aviation Arabia, and has served as CEO in the Middle East since 2016.

In 2015, he was named “CEO of the Year” by Arabian Businesses, and was named one of the “Top 3 Revolutionary CEOs” in the Middle East by Naseeba. He received BAE Systems’ GOLD Chairman Award in 2007.


Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

KSRelief aircraft contains medical supplies, ventilators and other relief goods for blast victims. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 09 August 2020

Third Saudi aid plane arrives in Beirut

  • KSRelief teams are also active in treating blast victims

RIYADH: A third King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) plane loaded with aid arrived in Beirut on Saturday as part of a relief air bridge that was set up to help the people in wake of the Beirut blasts.

The air bridge was established on the directives of King Salman to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
KSRelief Adviser Dr. Ali bin Hamed Al-Ghamdi said the third plane is loaded with ventilators, hospital and medical equipment, as well as various medicines and disinfectants. It also contains food, tents, mattresses, blankets and cooking supplies.
So far, 200 tons of aid from the Kingdom have been flown to Lebanon with specialized teams to follow up and supervise the distribution operations.
KSRelief teams are also active in Lebanon in treating victims of the blast.
Earlier, two Saudi aircraft carrying more than 120 tons of medicines, equipment, and emergency supplies were dispatched to Beirut.
KSRelief Supervisor General Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah said in a statement that the assistance highlights the pivotal role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in providing humanitarian assistance to all people in need around the world with complete impartiality.

The Saudi aid will help alleviate the sufferings of Lebanese people.

Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, Chief of the High Relief, Commission in Lebanon

The twin blasts devastated large areas of the Lebanese capital and destroyed vital infrastructure, including grain storage silos and port facilities.
Lebanon, already reeling from an economic and currency collapse, now faces the threat of food shortages and a major hit to exports and imports.
Countries around the world have rushed to help Lebanon in the wake of the port explosion on Aug. 4.
The secretary-general of the High Relief Commission in Lebanon, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Khair, thanked the Kingdom for the urgent humanitarian aid provided through KSRelief.
In a press statement, he praised the historical relations between the two countries, noting the Saudi aid will help alleviate the suffering of Lebanese people.
Residents in the Kingdom can also help Lebanon by making donations through KSRelief’s website.