31. Said Mohammed Bajodah, Executive President, S-Chem
Said Mohammed Bajodah, executive president, S-Chem, occupies the 31st rank in the 2017 ‘Power 50’ list. Bajodah is well known within the industry for his diverse talents and outstanding leadership skills. As the man in charge of S-Chem and its affiliated group of companies, he wears a multitude of hats. He is the executive president of Saudi Chevron Phillips and Jubail Chevron Phillips, and occupies a number of senior positions within Saudi Polymers, Gulf Polymers Distribution and Petrochemical Conversion Company.
Decades of industry experience and strong commercial expertise have won Bajodah a great respect within Saudi Arabia’s industrial elite. He regularly participates in chemical strategy meetings with the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu to decide on key industrial projects, and growth and investment strategies.
32. Ashok Goel, Chairman, Gulf Petrochem
Ashok Goel, chairman, Gulf Petrochem, holds the 32nd rank in the 2017 ‘Power 50’ list. Goel is one of the founders of Gulf Petrochem, a business that he started in 1998 and today operates globally in the downstream and midstream sectors. Subsequently, it has expanded into four continents with six business units – oil refining, grease manufacturing, oil storage, bitumen manufacturing, shipping, and trading and bunkering. The company’s current turnover is $3.2bn.
Goel’s entrepreneurial drive began when, together with his brother, he began trading petrochemical products in India in 1993. His ambition to build a business beyond the borders of India brought the brothers to the UAE, having previously identified a demand for refined petroleum-based oils and lubricants in the country. It led to the establishment of the company’s first refinery in Hamriyah Free Zone in Sharjah, UAE, and soon after a terminal in Fujairah, UAE.
33. Nadeem Raza, Group CEO, DIA’33
Nadeem Raza, group CEO, DIA’33, ranks 33rd in the 2017 ‘Power 50’ list. Raza brings to DIA’33 more than 21 years of experience in structural engineering, supply chain management and operational efficiency among others. Drawing from years of experience in conglomerates like Steel Authority of India, Al Naboodah Contracting and Taj Al Mulook General Trading, Raza has earned himself an enviable reputation.
In his role as founding director and group CEO, Raza outlines the company’s growth strategy, taking the lead in investment and partner relations, policy implementation, business development and overall operations. The nomination from DIA’33 for the ‘Logistics Services Provider of the Year’ category was acknowledged as the ‘Highly Commended’ at the 2017 Oil & Gas Middle East and Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East Awards.
34. Pierre Leretz, President, Process Automation, Middle East and Africa, ABB
Pierre Leretz, president, process automation, Middle East and Africa, ABB, occupies the 34th position in the 2017 ‘Power 50’ list. Leretz has extensive international business development experience, working in diverse geographies around the world with a strong focus on energy markets. He relocated to the Middle East in the late 1990s, witnessing the region’s rapid development into a globalised modern hub for innovation, investment and trade. Prior to that, Leretz was involved in devising marketing strategies, and managing new business operations in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
The Middle East region is deploying more and more advanced technologies in many new mega projects as well as in upgradation and expansion programmes of existing facilities. ABB is providing its equipment, systems and technologies in some of these watershed projects. ABB – the Swiss-Swedish technology leader writing the future of industrial automation and digitalisation – holds a history spanning more than 130 years, operates in more than 100 countries and employs around 136,000 people. The company’s operations are focussed on the full range of electrical, automation and digitalisation technologies.
With a heritage of more than four decades at the forefront of digital technologies, ABB is a pioneer in digitally connected and enabled industrial equipment and systems. Downstream industry facilities around the world use the company’s equipment, systems and services for operational excellence. As the man in charge of ABB’s operations in the Middle East and Africa, Leretz has the far-from-easy task to steer the conglomerate’s automation business into continued growth and profitability, amid current market challenges. Low oil prices have, without doubt, dealt a major blow to the oil and gas technology and service providers, but thanks to its 130 years of experience, executing some of the world’s most complex, large-scale projects, ABB is poised to retain its competitive edge for years to come.
35. Warren Wilder, Vice President, Chemicals, Saudi Aramco
Warren Wilder, vice president, chemicals, Saudi Aramco, ranks 35th in the 2017 ‘Power 50’. Wilder was appointed vice president of Saudi Aramco’s chemicals business in 2014 and leads the company’s domestic and global chemical operations, including its world-scale joint ventures. He serves on the board of directors of Sadara Chemical Company, Fujian Refining and Petrochemical Company, Sinopec SenMei Petroleum Co and the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA). He is the chairman of GPCA’s Responsible Care Committee.
Wilder has more than 30 years’ experience in the global chemical and refining industry. As president and CEO of polymers of Reliance Industries in India, Wilder led its olefins, polyolefins and PVC business. Before that, he led Titan Chemicals in Malaysia, where he was a board member, and managing director and CEO.
36. Neil A Chapman, President, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
In the 2017 ‘Power 50’ list, Neil A Chapman, president, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, is in the 36th position. Before his appointment on 1 January 2015, he was senior vice president of the company’s global polymers businesses, a position he held since 2011. He served as executive assistant to the chairman of ExxonMobil in 2006 and as president of ExxonMobil Global Services Company in 2007.
Chapman joined Esso Chemical Company in 1984 at the Fawley Refinery, UK. He advanced through engineering, operations, planning and commercial roles in various chemical affiliates in UK, Belgium, US and Hong Kong, prior to the merger between Exxon and Mobil in 1999. Chapman then served as Asia Pacific polyolefins sales manager before becoming the project executive of the Fujian Integrated Refining and Ethylene Joint Venture Project in China.
37. Bernard Pinatel, President, Refining and Chemicals, Total
Bernard Pinatel, president, refining and chemicals, Total, occupies the 37th position in this year’s ‘Power 50’. Pinatel began his career at American management consulting firm Booz Allen & Hamilton, later joining Total in 1991, where he held a number of operational positions in plants and at the headquarters of some of its affiliates. He subsequently served as head of the French and European operations of the international adhesives company, Bostik.
In 2010, Pinatel was appointed as chairman and chief executive, and when Bostik was acquired by Arkema in February 2015, he became a member of the company’s executive committee looking after its high performance materials business. With a wealth of experience managing world renowned petrochemical and chemical firms, Pinatel was put in charge of Total’s refining and chemicals business in September 2016.
38. Rebecca Liebert, President and CEO, Honeywell UOP
Rebecca Liebert, president and CEO, Honeywell UOP, is at the 38th position in the 2017 ‘Power 50’ list. Liebert was appointed in the current position in April 2016. She previously served as vice president and general manager of UOP’s catalysts, adsorbents and specialties business, where she achieved strong financial performance in a difficult industry environment. Prior to that, she was vice president and general manager of the company’s gas processing and hydrogen business, tripling sales in only three years to more than $1bn annually. Liebert joined Honeywell UOP in 2012 from Honeywell’s electronic materials business, where she led the business into new markets, and drove new product development. Liebert joined Honeywell in 2006 from Alcoa, where she was president of Reynolds Food Packaging.
39. Marwan Nusair, President and COO, Alujain Corporation
Marwan Nusair, president and COO, Alujain Corporation, ranks 39th in this year’s ‘Power 50’. Nusair is a remarkable example of how hard work and perseverance never fails to pay off. Having joined the company in 1996, he was seriously involved in a number of petrochemical projects commissioned by Alujain Corporation. The most prominent of these was the Yanbu complex built by Alujain Corporation’s subsidiary NATPET.
Throughout his time with Alujain Corporation, Nusair led the project development and commercial teams before being appointed at the position of the president in early 2005. Prior to Alujain Corporation, he has worked with Safra Company, looking after sales and marketing, and with Saudi Aramco’s Samarec and Petromin. He has also served as the chairman and managing director of Zain Industries Company.
40. Abdulaziz A Al Zamil, Chairman, Zamil Group
Abdulaziz A Al Zamil, chairman, Zamil Group, occupies the 40th position in the 2017 ‘Power 50’ list. Born in 1942 in Bahrain, Al Zamil’s work in industry and government has played a pivotal role in growing Saudi Arabia’s economy and industries. As the first chief executive of SABIC and through the family-owned Zamil Group Holding Company, he has been instrumental in creating industrial sectors in the Kingdom, capable of using advanced technologies to produce high-quality products for domestic consumption and export.
A technocrat by heart, Al Zamil advocated for careful expansion by forging strategic technology partnerships in a variety of fields. Zamil Group, which now employs more than 12,000 people in 60 countries, is involved in diverse sectors including general construction, paints, plastics, petrochemicals, shipbuilding and port management.