Wail A. Al Jaafari appointed executive director of Southern Area Gas Operations

KFUPM grad has worked in a variety of roles, including director of IPO Structuring and manager of the Long Range Planning Department.

Wail A. Al Jaafari appointed executive director of Southern Area Gas Operations

Wail A. Al Jaafari has been appointed as executive director of Southern Area Gas Operations, effective Sept. 1, 2021. He had previously been serving in the role as general manager from January 2019.


Previously, Al Jaafari served as the director of IPO Structuring from May 2017 to December 2018.


Prior to that, he was director of the Global Economic and Energy Analysis Department from September 2014 to May 2017, and director of the Portfolio Analysis and Decision Support Department from August 2013 to August 2014.


Al Jaafari joined the company in October 1993, after earning a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals the same year.


Al Jaafari began his career as an engineer, serving in the Specialty Engineering Unit of the ‘Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP). In UGP and until May 2005, he handled several functions, including maintenance engineer, supervisor for Area Maintenance, senior supervisor for Planning and Scheduling, senior supervisor of Area Maintenance and superintendent of the Engineering Division. In May 2005, Al Jaafari was assigned as an engineering specialist in the New Business Evaluation Department during which he led the Industrial Ventures Group. 


In January 2006, he moved to the Hawiyah NGL Recovery Plant as senior operations engineer responsible for commissioning, after which he was named superintendent for Hawiyah NGL Maintenance in July 2008.


In December 2008, Al Jaafari was assigned as head of Commissioning for the academic and research facilities in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.


In October 2010, he was named senior planning/analysis consultant in Corporate Planning and acted as the department manager of the Long Range Planning

Department leading Saudi Aramco’s Business Plan until May 2012 when he departed to the USA to undertake the MIT Sloan Fellows Program.


Following Al Jaafari’s return in 2013, he was assigned permanently as manager of the Portfolio Analysis and Decision Support Department. He also completed acting assignments as director for the Strategic Planning Department, director for the Kingdom Economic and Energy Analysis Department, manager of the Khursaniyah Gas Plant Department, general manager of Planning, Budgeting and Business Performance, and general manager of Procurement, before being named general manager for Southern Area Gas Operations.


Al Jaafari has completed a number of leadership courses since joining the company, including the President’s Leadership Challenge, the Saudi Aramco Management Development Seminar, the Advanced Management Program, and an executive MBA via the MIT Sloan Fellows Program.


Al Jaafari sits on the Boards of the Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Company (JHAH) and the National Industrial Training Institute (NITI).


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