Hasan Al-Zahrani has been the executive director of power systems at Saudi Aramco since December.
Al-Zahrani received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He also obtained a master’s degree from the University of Hull, and his Ph.D. in engineering management from Dublin City University.
Al-Zahrani, former president and CEO of Luberef, a Saudi Aramco-Jadwa joint venture whose main line of business is to produce and market base oil locally and globally, has been working for Aramco since 1980. Most of his services were in upstream and downstream, facility planning and central engineering.
He progressed to become president of Luberef, a position he held from 2012 to 2015. Before that, he had been the general manager of the company’s downstream project management department. Over several years, he led the consulting services department, considered the technical think tank in several engineering disciplines serving all surface production facilities.
He also served as head of his company’s facilities planning department, which is responsible for planning and developing capital investment programs. Moreover, he has served as manager of production facilities at various onshore and offshore oil and gas fields.
Al-Zahrani believes that a chairperson should be a thought leader, and that they should have the skills of strategy formulation, and be able to make decisions with the minimum data available. He added, in an interview with the GCC Board Directors Institute’s channel (GBDI), that a true leader should also be capable of analyzing data.