Engr. Ali I. Al-Naimi
Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources
H.E. Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi was appointed Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources on August 2, 1995. Prior to that Mr. Al-Naimi was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)
He was born in 1935 in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. In 1947, at the age of 12 Mr. Al-Naimi started working for what was then Aramco, the Arabian American Oil Company. In 1953, after two years of full-time schooling sponsored by the company, he became as assistant geologist in Aramco’s Exploration Department.
In training programs between 1956 and 1963, he studied at International college in Beirut and the American University of Beirut before attending Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and Stanford University in California. He received a BS degree in geology from Lehigh University in 1962 and MS degree in the same subject from Sanford University in 1963.
On his return to Saudi Arabia, he worked from 1963 to 1967 in Aramco’s Exploration Department as a hydrologist and a geologist. From 1967 to 1969 he worked in the company’s Economics and Public Relations Departments and the Abqaiq Producing Division.
He rose through the ranks of the Company’s Oil operations in the Eastern Province, from foreman to assistant superintendent, and from superintendent to manager. He became a vice president in 1975, a senior vice president in 1978, and was elected an Aramco director in 1980.
In 1982, Mr. Al-Naimi became executive vice president, Operations. He became company president in 1984 and chief executive officer in 1988.