Ma'aden: Abdullah Issa Al-Dabbagh to retire, Khalid Al-Mudaifar new CEO
Dr. Dabbagh earned his Doctorate in geology from the University of North Carolina in 1975. He is President of Ma'aden since its creation in 1997 and a leading figure in administration, education, research, and technological development in the Kingdom for more than 20 years.
Prior to joining Ma'aden, Dr. Dabbagh's career was culminated by his effective contribution to establishing the Research Institute at KFUPM. He received several national awards. After being appointed CEO of Ma'aden since its inception in 1997, he developed a management team for the expanding company. He served as a member of the board of directors at a number of companies.
He was a member of the Board of Directors at Saudi Aramco (1989-1996), a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh since 2004 and a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Business Council (currently). Dr. Dabbagh will continue as a member of Ma'aden’s Board of Directors and to participate in his work on a number of committees.
Ma'aden’s current Vice President Phosphate SBU, New Business Development & Marketing, Khalid Saleh Al-Mudaifer will assume the role of President & CEO as of January 1st 2011.
Engr Mudaifer joined Ma'aden in March 2006 as Vice President, Industrial Affairs. Prior to joining Ma'aden, he was the General Manager and Board Secretary of Qassim Cement Company where he oversaw a period of growth and efficiency gains.
He spent the early years of his career with Eastern Petrochemical Company (SHARQ a SABIC joint venture) , where he held a number of roles culminating in his appointment as Vice President, Finance. He continues to hold a number of public and board positions, including a position on the board of Qassim Cement Company, Saudi Railway Company and Gulf International Bank (GIB). ■