Director General, Saudi Airlines
Khalid Abdullah Almolhem was appointed Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines in 2006 and has presided over the airlines’ on-going modernization and privatization program. His appointment to head one of the leading airlines in the Middle East and among the world’s largest followed five years as President of Saudi Telecom Company, where he also managed its successful privatization – generating the largest IPO in the history of Saudi Arabia and producing, in the process, what is considered the largest telecom company in the Middle East and among the ten largest in the world.
Almolhem completed two degrees from the University of Evansville in Indiana in 1980 – one in Electrical Engineering and another in Engineering Management. He began his career in 1981 as an engineer with the Royal Saudi Air Force, after which he worked as a Team Leader with the Saudi Industrial Fund from 1983 to 1988.
Almolhem also worked with the Saudi British Bank from 1989 to 1997, where he held various positions including Senior Manager Retail Banking, Area General Manager Central Province and Executive Director for Investment Banking. From 1997 to 1998 he was the Chief Executive Officer of Al Marai Company, one of the largest integrated dairy and food companies in the Gulf Cooperation Council. His work with the Saudi Telecom Company started in 1998 where he was also the Chief Financial Officer until 2001 then President until he joined Saudi Arabian Airlines in 2006.
Almolhem has overseen significant improvements in the performance and service quality of the Flag Carrier of Saudi Arabia, which will also achieve a historic moment when it becomes the first airline from the Middle East to join the SkyTeam Global Alliance in 2012. Saudi Arabian Airlines currently flies 5 times a week from JFK International Airport and 5 times weekly from Washington Dulles International Airport with daily flights projected by late 2012.
Source: U.S. Saudi Business Forum