Walid Abukhaled is the newly appointed acting CEO of Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI). The SAMI board of directors announced the appointment of Abukhaled to oversee the company’s operations starting from Thursday until further notice.
Abukhaled joined SAMI last September as chief strategy and business development officer.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree in industrial and management systems engineering from the University of South Florida in 1989, and he completed an executive leadership program at the University of Pennsylvania.
His career began at BAE Systems, where he held 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 was CEO in the Middle East from 2016.