Jamil J. Al-Bagawi named as Aramco’s executive director of National Champions

Al-Bagawi previously served as chief engineer and headed the company’s drive for Operational Excellence.

Jamil J. Al-Bagawi named as Aramco’s executive director of National Champions

Jamil J. Al-Bagawi has been appointed as the executive director of National Champions effective Jan. 1, 2022.


He had previously served as the chief engineer — a position he assumed in January 2019, after completing multiple acting assignments in the same position commencing December 2016.


Prior to that, Al-Bagawi served as the manager of Operational Excellence from August 2013. Commencing in 2009, he completed assignments (permanent or acting) as manager in several departments, including the Consulting Services Department, Shedgum Gas Plant, R&DC, and the Inspection Department.


He is known to be the founder of the company’s Operational Excellence program, from the concept and design, to its institutionalization companywide. Also, he was behind the establishment of competency maps in Saudi Aramco.  


Al-Bagawi joined the company as an engineer in July 1995, after completing a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in 1992, and 1995 respectively. He subsequently received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from KFUPM in 2002.


Al-Bagawi began his career as an engineer in Engineering Services, progressing to an engineering consultant. He also worked as an engineer in Upstream (Abqaiq Plants in 1996-1997) and Downstream (Ras Tanura Refinery in 1999-2000). Al-Bagawi has

served in a number of acting positions as supervisor for Engineering Services, coordinator for Engineering Professional Development, and coordinator for Mechanical and Civil Engineering, before becoming the coordinator for Material Engineering and Corrosion Control in March 2009.


In parallel to his work in Aramco, Al-Bagawi served as the elected chairman of the Saudi Council of Engineers for 3 years (2015-2018), and at the same time, the president of the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Islamic Countries.


Al-Bagawi has completed a number of leadership courses since joining the company, including the Aramco Management Development Seminar and the Harvard

General Management Program in 2016.


He is currently the chairman of the Board for the Novel Non-Metallic Solutions Manufacturing Company and the Inspection Technology and Quality Assurance National Institute (ITQAN), and a board member of PrefChem, JHAH, Wa’ed, SADCO, and SAEV. Also, he is a member of the Emara Sharqia’s Executive Committee for Measuring Government Customer Satisfaction.      


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