Keynote Speech #5
General Manager of Ras Tanura Refinery
Khalid S. Al Ghamdi serves as general manager of Ras Tanura Area, after serving as manager of the Abqaiq Plants Operations Department between July 2016 and December 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Al Ghamdi was manager of Southern Area Oil Operations Technical Support Department from March 2016 and a number of acting manager positions from 2013. Al Ghamdi joined the company in January 1994, after earning a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Engineering in 1993. After a decade as an engineer in a variety of functions, including utilities and maintenance engineering, Al Ghamdi began to take on acting assignments as superintendent and general supervisor from January 2001 to August 2010, when he was named general supervisor for Southern Area Operations in Abqaiq and ‘Udhailiyah, and in October 2010, he was named superintendent for area maintenance in Abqaiq Utilities Division. It was during this time period, from 2008 to April 2010, that Al Ghamdi joined the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, working on business development, operational readiness, commissioning and start up, as well as the KAUST operating model. In November 2012, he became superintendent for oil operations for Abqaiq Oil Processing Division, a position he held until February 2015, when he was named general supervisor for Abqaiq Plants Operations Engineering Division. After several acting manager assignments, Al Ghamdi was named manager of Southern Area Oil Operations Technical Support in 2016. Al Ghamdi has completed a number of leadership courses since joining the company, including the Saudi Aramco Leadership Forum, BAP Business Accounting, Financial and Risk Management Capability program, the Aramco Manager Level Assessment, and the Asia Business and Culture Program.