New President and CEO appointed for GE in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain
GE has announced the appointment of Saudi Arabian national Walid Abukhaled as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Based in Riyadh, he will be responsible for leading the company’s operations in the Kingdom and Bahrain, accelerating the growth and exploring further opportunities for broadening public private partnerships.
Saudi Arabia is one of the key markets for GE in the Middle East region, where GE’s ‘company to country’ approach delivers tailored solutions that meet the Kingdom’s requirements for long-term sustainability and economic competitiveness.
Bringing more than 21 years of experience in the industry, Walid joins GE from BAE Systems where he was most recently the Director of Portfolio Management & Chairman of BAE Systems Saudi Arabia Operations Board. In that role Walid was appointed as Chairman of the Board for Aircraft Accessories & Components Company and Board Directors for Advance Electronics Company and International Systems Engineering Company and Saudi Development & Training Company, all of which carry the status of being Economic Offset Companies. He began his career with BAE Systems in 1990 as a graduate engineer and has held a variety of technical support, field operations, Communications, Sales & Marketing and management positions for BAE Systems within the Middle East & Europe.
Walid holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Management Systems Engineering from the University of South Florida. One of the most respected new generation Saudi business leaders, he is well-known as a public speaker addressing the key issues effecting global companies operating in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.