Farhan M. Al Qahtani

Vice President – Industrial Relations

Sadara Chemical Company

Farhan was appointed Vice President of Industrial Relations for Sadara Chemical Company in November 2017. His area of responsibility covers a wide-range of critical business functions, including human resource strategy development, planning and execution, as well as employee training and development, and all types of government and corporate communications. He is also responsible for overseeing the complex housing and transportation requirements of Sadara’s diverse workforce.

Farhan joined Saudi Aramco in 1980 and has worked in a variety of entrepreneurial and leadership capacities. Most recently, he led the Human Resources Joint Venture and Subsidiary Support Department, where he played a key role in integrating HR best practices for all of Saudi Aramco’s in-Kingdom joint ventures and subsidiaries as well as establishing annual HR forums and collaboration meetings. Prior to that, from 2012-2013, he served as Vice President of Industrial Relations for the Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company (YASREF), where he led Human Resources, Support Services, Industrial Security & Fire Protection and Supply Chain.

Before his tenure at YASREF, he occupied various key positions at Saudi Aramco, including acting Director of Saudi Aramco’s Staffing Services Department and head of the Supplemental Manpower & Contracts Administration Division. From 2005-2009, Farhan headed the Social Insurance & Retirement Affairs Division. He also acted as Assistant to the Vice President of Community Services between 1998 and 2003, he was the Planning Staff Coordinator for the Community Services Administrative Area. From 1986 to 1998, he held a number of supervisory positions in various locations under Community Services.

Farhan holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), USA. He also completed various Saudi Aramco leadership programs, including those of the Saudi Aramco Leadership Forum (SALF) and the Manager Assessment Center (MAC).

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