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SAUDI ARABIA - Abdel Aziz Mohammed Al Hokail and other Aramco board members.

A Saudi Aramco board member since March 1989 and currently EVP, Hokail was in charge of Saudi Aramco's restructuring in mid-1993. He supervised the absorption of Samarec, with most of its oil refining and distribution assets forming a division called Manufacturing Operations. Hokail was in Aug. 1993 confirmed as head of this division, which includes manufacturing, supply & transportation assets transferred from what used to be known as Oil Operations under Sadad Husseini. From late Nov. 1992, when Saudi Aramco was streamlined from seven divisions, until Aug. 1993 he headed the Industrial Relations & Affairs division, which became part of Manufacturing. Until Nov. 1992, he was a FVP and headed the division of Production, Import and Transport which included manufacturing, gas processing, industrial relations and other functions.

Hokail was born in Al Majma' on Dec.y16, 1942. He studied at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. He joined Aramco in the 1960s. Later he pursued oil engineering studies in the US. He has a B.Sc. degree in petroleum engineering, with extensive training in upstream operations, downstream and other industrial operations. In 1974-78 he was a manager in the oil production division. He became a first VP in 1980 and head of corporate planning. He has since built up his reputation as one of the most efficient executives in this company. Now he is also a board member of the Organisation of Technical and Vocational Training, and a member of the Saudi Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Sadad Bin Ibrahim Al Husseini is one of the company's EVPs. Until late Feb. 1996, he used to head the E&P division. He belongs to a prominent clan of Palestinian origin which claims descent from the Prophet Mohammed. Members of this clan hold key positions in Saudi Arabia, including the oil sector. Born in 1946, he joined Aramco in 1972, shortly after receiving his doctorate in geology from Brown University in Providence, USA. Earlier he had a master's degree in geology from Brown and a BS in geology from the American University of Beirut. In 1972 he became a staff geologist at the Aramco exploration department, a post he held until 1976, when he was named supervisor of the exploration area. He completed an Aramco management development seminar in the US in 1977 and the Management Development Programme at Harvard in 1982. He was made assistant chief geologist in 1977. He became director of budgets and programmes for corporate planning in 1978. He was promoted to relief chief petroleum engineer early in 1980 and was named manager of the Production Engineering Dept. later that year. In 1982 he was promoted to general manager of petroleum engineering. In 1984, he was made VP with responsibility for the northern producing area. He became VP for petroleum engineering & development in 1985, and was promoted to SVP in December 1987 in charge of E&P. His prominence became apparent in early June 1989, when his division found sweet oil and gas in Hawtah, 190 km south of Riyadh. Further finds have proved the Najd fields contained big reserves of oil, condensates and gas. In late 1991 he was elected to the board of Ssangyong Oil Refining in S. Korea, after Saudi Aramco bought 35% in it.

Saud Al Ashgar, SVP, heads the International Operations division, a key post he was given in early 1996 to succeed Abdullah Al Juma'h, who became the CEO. Ashgar reports directly to Juma'h. He sits on the boards of the two JV refineries in Saudi Arabia, Samref (50% ExxonMobil) of Yanbu' and Sasref (50% Shell) of Jubail. He is responsible for all the company's operations outside Saudi Arabia, as well as Saudi Aramco's export sales of crude oil and petroleum products, their marketing and market development efforts, Vela International Marine, the foreign JVs and overseas oil storage facilities, and the Houston-based Aramco Services Co.

Youssef Rafia was in late 2000 appointed as senior assistant to the chairman of the Saudi Aramco board. He has become responsible for the group's gas operations. SVP for E&P Abdullah Al Saif said in Oct. 2001 the proven gas reserves of Saudi Arabia had risen to 220 TCF, of which 85 TCF is non-associated gas.

Abdullah Al Samari is CEO of Vela Int'l Marine, the shipping unit based in Dubai with a huge fleet of tankers. He took this post in late 1996 to succeed Otaibi, who in November 1996 became a VP.

Abdel Aziz Al Khayyal in Nov. 1996 became VP for employee relations/training. Until then he was executive director for sales and marketing. In 1994, Khayyal had been seconded to Petron, the leader in the Philippines oil market in which Saudi Aramco acquired 40% in that year. Previously, Khayyal was head of Saudi Aramco's New York office.

The Supreme Council of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, chaired by King Fahd, was formed in early 2000. In early October 2000 King Fahd decreed that the council take over the management of Saudi Aramco. Its 12 other members are: CP Abdullah, Defence Minister Prince Sultan, FM Prince Saud Al Faisal, Oil Minister Naimi, Finance Minister Assaf, Industry & Electricity Minister Hashem Yamani, Planning Minister Khalid Al Qusaibi, State Minister Mutleb Bin Abdullah Al Nafisah, President of King Abdel Aziz City of Sciency & Technology Saleh Al Ithil, Deputy Finance Minister Abdel Aziz Al Rashed, Saudi Aramco President Jum'ah, and the Gas Opening's Negotiating Committee Secretary-General Abdel Rahman Al Suheibani.
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