Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani was appointed senior vice president of Upstream in December 2015, effective January 1, 2016. Al Qahtani's responsibilities include exploration, petroleum engineering, oil and gas production and processing activities.
Prior to this he was vice president of Corporate Planning responsible for developing and maintaining the company’s short- and long-term strategic planning.
He is chairman of Saudi Aramco Shell Refinery Company (SASREF) and previously chaired the board of directors for Aramco Services Company, a fully owned subsidiary in Houston, Texas. He was chairman of the Executive Advisory Committee and secretary of the Management Committee and Corporate Center Committee. Previously, he served on the boards of directors for LUKOIL Saudi Arabia Energy Ltd. (LUKSAR); the Saudi Council of Engineers; the Arabian Geophysical & Surveying Company Ltd., and the Society of Petroleum Engineers International.
Al Qahtani joined Saudi Aramco in 1988. He has held several management positions in Upstream, including Gas Production Engineering, Reservoir Management, Reservoir Description and Simulation, and Production and Facilities Development, as well as an acting managerial assignment in Seawater Injection. In 2007, he was named chairman, president and CEO of Aramco Services Company and appointed chairman of Saudi Refining Inc., also in Houston. In 2008, he was appointed Saudi Aramco’s chief petroleum engineer. In 2009, he was named executive director for Petroleum Engineering and Development and was named vice president of that admin area in 2011. In 2013, he was named vice president of Saudi Aramco Affairs, which became Corporate Affairs in 2014.
Al Qahtani holds a bachelor’s of science degree in petroleum engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He earned a master’s of science and Ph.D. degrees in petroleum engineering at the University of Southern California in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He completed several leadership and management development programs, including the IMD Program for Executive Development, Lausanne, Switzerland; Saudi Aramco Management Development Seminar, Washington, D.C.; Economics of Oil Seminar, London; Program for Leadership Development, Bahrain; and the Oxford Energy Seminar, London.