Mohammed Y. Al Qahtani was appointed Downstream President, effective July 1, 2023. Prior to this post Mr. Al Qahtani held the position of Executive Vice President Downstream, a role he commenced on September 13, 2020.
In addition to leading the Downstream organization, Mr. Al Qahtani serves as chairman of Aramco Trading Company, Motiva Enterprises, Saudi Aramco Jubail Refinery Company, and the King Salman Energy City Development Company. He is also a board member of Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden), S-Oil Corporation, Dhahran Techno Valley Holding Company, Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association, as well as Pengerang Refining Company Sdn Bhd and Pengerang Petrochemical Sdn Bhd (collectively known as PRefChem).
Mohammed is the co-lead chairman of the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals Oversight Board. In addition, he is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce. Other boards on which he has served include the Saudi Council of Engineers, the Arabian Geophysical & Surveying Company Ltd., and the International Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Over the course of his career at Saudi Aramco, Mr. Al Qahtani has demonstrated versatile leadership in roles spanning the corporate, upstream, and downstream sectors. In 2008, he was appointed Saudi Aramco’s Chief Petroleum Engineer. In 2009, he assumed the position of executive director and then vice president of Petroleum Engineering & Development, followed by roles as vice president of Saudi Aramco Corporate Affairs and vice president of Corporate Planning. In 2016, Mohammed became a member of corporate management and was named senior vice president of Upstream, a position he held until his move across to leading Aramco’s Downstream business in 2020.
Mohammed earned a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals in 1988, followed by a master’s degree and doctorate in the same field from the University of Southern California in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He has taken part in several leadership and management training programs, including the IMD Leadership Program in Lausanne, Switzerland; the Saudi Aramco Management Development Seminar in Washington, D.C.; the Oil Economies Seminar in London; the Career Development and Training program in Bahrain; and the Oxford Energy Seminar in London.