Sipchem executive management is responsible for leading and managing day-to-day operations and planning and executing organizational policies and strategies.
Mr. Abdullah Al-Saadoon is the Chief Executive Officer of Sahara International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem). He is an industry veteran and accomplished business leader with more than 35 years of experience. Since joining Sipchem in 2001 as President, Operations and Manufacturing, Mr. Al-Saadoon has been a part of the company’s growth and evolution over the past two decades. He rose through the ranks holding progressive responsibilities in various positions including the President, Operations and Manufacturing. He has previously served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sipchem and currently sits on the boards of the company and its many affiliates
Mr. Al-Saadoon joined Sipchem from SABIC, where he held several leadership positions. Previously and following the completion of his graduation, he worked with the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC).
Mr. Al-Saadoon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.
Mr. Mater A. Al-Dhafeeri is the Vice President of Commercial Where he leads the company strategy, growth & Business development, corporate communication & CSR, Sales, Marketing, Customer Services, Value Chain Planning, Logistics & Product handling, Compliance & Product Stewardship, Research & Development, and Digital Transformation & Innovation.
Prior to joining Sipchem, Mr Al-Dhafeeri worked at Saudi Aramco for more than a decade where he gained deep knowledge in Oil and Gas processing. He held number of technical positions at Saudi Aramco including Process Engineer, Project/Construction Engineer, Senior Process Engineer, and Lead Operations/Production Engineer.
Mater Al-Dhafeeri holds a master’s degree in Natural Gas Engineering and Management from the University of Oklahoma, USA in 2001, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tulsa, USA, in 1995. He also is an Alumni of both Kellogg’s School of Management and Harvard Business School after completing extensive Executive Education Programs in 2010 and 2015, respectively.
Mr. Ibrahim Al-Rushoud is Vice President of Manufacturing at Sipchem. He joined the company in 2004 and has progressed through a number of senior leadership roles including Engineering and Technical Services Department Manager, Major Projects General Manager, and Maintenance and Reliability Organization General Manager. Mr. Al-Rushoud is currently responsible for managing and leading 14 Sipchem Operations affiliates, and actively represents the company on the boards of several Sipchem affiliates. Following the historic merger between Sipchem and Sahara Petrochemicals Company in 2019, he was appointed as Vice President of Operations.
Prior to joining Sipchem, Mr. Al-Rushoud worked with Saudi Aramco for more than a decade including spells with the Berri Gas Plant Department, Consulting Service Department, and Saudi Aramco Project Management Team.
Mr. Al-Rushoud obtained a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1994.
Eng. Omar Bahobail is Vice President of Shared Services at Sipchem. He joined Sahara Petrochemicals Company in 2004 as Al-Waha General Manager, where he was a key project owner, before being promoted to the role of Al-Waha CEO & President. Later, Mr. Bahobail moved to Sahara Corporate and eventually became Vice President of Shared Services. Following the historic merger between Sipchem and Sahara Petrochemicals Company in 2019, Mr. Bahobail was appointed Vice President of the Integration Management Office (IMO) and has played a crucial role in the successful integration between the two companies.
Prior to joining Sipchem, Mr. Bahobail worked for IBN Zahr and SABIC for 13 years in a variety of roles.
Mr. Bahobail holds a bachelor's degree in applied mechanical engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, together with an MBA from Hult International Business School.
Mr. Rushdi Al-Dulaijan is Vice President of Finance at Sipchem. He joined Sahara Petrochemicals Company as CFO in 2011 and was responsible for managing the Finance and IT departments, as well as representing the company as a Board Member in several of its affiliates. Mr. Al-Dulaijan played a major role in Sipchem’s merger, both as the project manager from Sahara’s side and as the Sahara M&A Committee Secretary. In addition, he managed multiple critical projects relating to finance, restructuring, and optimization within the organization.
Prior to joining Sipchem, Mr. Al-Dulaijan started his professional career with Saudi Electricity Company in the role of Controller, before progressing to become manager of the company’s Finance Systems Division.
Mr. Al-Dulaijan obtained a bachelor's degree in accounting from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1995.
Mr. Paul Jacobs is Vice President of JV, Affiliate & Risk Management at Sipchem. Mr. Jacobs joined Sipchem in 2017 and was responsible for overseeing all financial aspects of the company’s historic merger deal with Sahara Petrochemicals Company. Following the successful completion of the merge, he was appointed VP of Corporate Strategy.
Mr. Jacobs started his career in 1990 at General Electric (GE), where he held several senior roles with GE Plastics, GE Lighting and at GE Corporate Headquarters in the US. He has also served as VP, Business Planning and Analysis and VP, Feedstock and Olefins business unit at Borealis in Austria, Chief Financial Officer, Energy Markets at DONG Energy in Denmark, and Chief Financial Officer at Takamul, an affiliate of Oman Oil in Oman.
Mr. Jacobs holds a Master of Science degree in finance and business economics from Tilburg University in the Netherlands and has completed leadership programs at GE’s executive education centers in Crotonville, USA, and IMD, Switzerland.