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Faisal A. Al-Hajji Chief - Operating Officer (COO)

Faisal A. Al-Hajji joins JHAH with a history of rich experiences, as he has managed the Planning and Performance Management Department of Saudi Aramco Upstream, the core business of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas company, holding this role since 2012. Faisal’s portfolio spans operational and financial target-setting, strategic alignment, and accountability, dealing with annual operating and capital budgets of more than $25 billion and a workforce of over 20,000. Faisal also played a key corporate role, working with Finance, Corporate Planning, Corporate Affairs and Human Resources, and has spearheaded optimization projects which have yielded substantial savings in operating and capital expenditure. He has also been instrumental in successfully embedding a performance culture across Upstream, and in the roll-out of a new financial planning and performance management model company-wide across Saudi Aramco.

Prior to this appointment, from 2011, Faisal led Saudi Aramco’s 2013-2017 Business Plan work within the Corporate Planning Department. This pivotal role involved analysis, scenario planning, corporate strategy, and evaluating objectives for all company organizations. He worked extensively on the company’s petroleum outlook, integrating company-wide data to create detailed future projections. Faisal worked with executive and senior management across the company, as well as the Saudi Aramco Board of Directors.

Faisal held project management and operations roles on the world’s largest oil increment - Saudi Aramco’s 1.2 million barrels-per-day Khurais development. He was a key player in the increment’s successful commissioning and start-up, and subsequently became Superintendent for Engineering, Maintenance and Operations. The Khurais project included long-term overseas assignments in the UK and Korea, leading international teams. Prior to Khurais, Faisal held direct operational roles in oil and gas production, having joined Saudi Aramco in 1998.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, USA, and has participated in leadership training programs in areas including Strategic Management, Advanced Negotiations, and Effective Communications and Media Relations. Faisal attended Saudi Aramco’s Advanced Management Program in 2014, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School Strategic Leadership and Thinking Program in 2015.