Rob Smith, Country Manager, CH2M HILL, and General Manager, CH2M Olayan
Rob Smith serves as the General Manager of the Saudi Joint Shareholder Company with the Olayan Group. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of this business and reports to a Board of Directors made up of two CH2M HILL and two Olayan senior executives. The objective of the company is to deliver the same services CH2M HILL delivers elsewhere in the world in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and beyond, building a talent pipeline of local resources to meet the long term job creation objectives of the Kingdom. Mr. Smith has served for several years as the Middle East Sponsor for CH2M HILL, helping drive strategy and business growth in the Middle East and North Africa.
Mr. Smith is transitioning from his prior role as Sr. Vice President in Olayan’s Energy Division where he was responsible for global business development, strategic account management, global strategy, and marketing for the Division (Power, Energy and Chemicals, and Industrial Systems), a $2 Billion per year division. Prior to this role, has served as Sr. Vice President for Olayan’s Energy and Chemicals business group and as President of Energy, Chemicals, and Industrial Systems. He has also served as the Global Industry Director for Lockwood Greene, which was acquired by CH2M HILL in 2003. Prior to his association with Lockwood Greene, Mr. Smith worked for nine years in operations, maintenance, project management, and construction management assignments for Freeport McMoRan, Inc. (FMI), a diversified energy and natural resource company in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mr. Smith received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and studied Petroleum Engineering at Tulane University in their Masters of Engineering Program.