Management Committee

Ma’aden’s Management Committee was reconstituted in the first quarter of 2016 as part of a major restructuring. The reconstitution involved reassignment of functions and nomination of new members.

Khalid Bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer
President and CEO

Khalid Bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer joined Ma’aden in March 2006 as Vice President of Industrial Affairs and has been the President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2011. He also sits on the Executive Committee and Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
He has served as Vice President of the Phosphate and New Business Development Unit from October 2007 to December 2010. Before joining Ma’aden, Al-Mudaifer was the General Manager of Qassim Cement Company from 1993 to 2006. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and Director of Finance at Eastern Petrochemicals Company (SHARQ).
Khalid secured a civil engineering degree in 1984 and MBA in 1986, both from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia.

Khaled Bin Salem Al-Rowais
Senior Vice President,

Phosphate and Industrial Minerals SBU
Khaled Al-Rowais joined Ma’aden in 2002 as Treasurer, was promoted to the position of Executive Director of Corporate Planning in 2008 and became CFO and SVP, Finance in 2014. He was appointed Vice President: Phosphate and Industrial Minerals SBU in 2016.
Khaled began his career at the Banking Control Department of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) in 1984. In 1996, he moved to Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), where he became Director of Finance.
Khaled earned his degree in accountancy from King Saud University in 1984. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Thomas Walpole
Senior Vice President, Aluminium SBU

Thomas Walpole joined Ma’aden in 2014 as the Vice President of the Aluminium Strategic Business Unit (SBU).
Walpole has substantial experience in the global aluminium industry including 25 years with Alcan and nine years in Novelis where he held a number of key leadership positions including President of Can, Litho and Painted products in Europe, Vice President of the Global Can Products business unit, President and CEO of Novelis Asia and President of Novelis USA. Walpole has served on the Board of Directors for Aluminum Company of Malaysia, Novelis Asia, Alunorf in Germany, the US Aluminum Association and the Can Manufacturers Institute.
Thomas holds an MBA from Case Western University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the State University of New York.

Yahia Bin Mohammed Al-Shangiti
Vice President, Gold and Base Metals SBU

Yahia Al-Shangiti joined Ma’aden in 1992 and became President of Ma’aden Gold and Base Metals Company (MGBM) in 2011 after serving as the Director, Operations Division, overseeing mine and plant operations. He has been Vice President of Gold and Base Metals SBU since 2013.
He was Manager of Mahd Ad Dhahab mine and Mining Manager for Ma’aden’s aluminium project and the Ad Duwayhi gold mine project. Al-Shangiti has also served as the Chairman of the Manpower Review Committee, Team Leader of the Ma’aden Restructuring Committee and Chairman of the Assets Disposal Committee. He sits on the Board of Directors of both Ma’aden Phosphate Company and Saudi Mining Polytechnic.
Yahia earned his master’s degree in mineral industry and environmental management from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom in 1995 after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from King Abdulaziz University in 1992.

Darren Davis
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Darren Davis joined Ma’aden in 2012 following a 20-year banking career. His financing experience has primarily been in the natural resources and energy sectors and he has lived and worked in the Middle East since 1999.
His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, strategic advisory, debt raising, project finance and debt restructuring. At Ma’aden, Darren has focused on managing the company’s extensive fund raising program and has played lead roles in establishing joint ventures with Mosaic and Barrick Gold. He was appointed CFO in 2016. He is a Board member of Ma’aden Wa’ad Al-Shamal Phosphate Company (MWSPC) and of Ma’aden Barrick Copper Company (MBCC). He is also chairman of Ma’aden Infrastructure Company.
Darren graduated in 1991 from Aston University, UK with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Administration.

Khalil Bin Ibrahim Al-Watban
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Development 

Khalil Al-Watban joined Ma’aden in 2009. He was appointed Vice President, Strategy and Development in 2016.
Previously he headed the Phosphate and Industrial Minerals SBU and served as President of Ma’aden Phosphate Company (MPC). He has been the Chairman of the Saudi Mining Polytechnic’s Board of Directors since its establishment in 2012, and also sits on the Board of Directors of Ma’aden Infrastructure Company (MIC). Prior to joining Ma’aden, Al-Watban held leadership positions in several Saudi companies such as IBN RUSHD, Marafiq and SAFCO, a SABIC subsidiary.
Khalil earned his bachelors’ degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Basrah in 1985.

Nabil Bin Abdulaziz Al-Fraih
Executive Advisor to the CEO and Senior Vice President, Industrial Security and Sustainability
Nabil Al-Fraih joined Ma’aden in 2005 as Executive Director for Human Resources and Industrial Security. He was appointed Executive Advisor to the CEO and Vice President, Industrial Security and Sustainability in 2016.
He began his career at the Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF) and has 30 years of experience in the fields of corporate and industrial project management and marketing. He moved to Al Rajhi Cement Holding Company in 2009 as Vice Chairman and Managing Director and returned to Ma’aden in October 2011 as Vice President of Precious Metals SBU. In 2014, he was appointed Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Sustainability. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ma’aden Gold and Base Metals Company (MGBM).
Nabil holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from King Saud University in Riyadh.

Majid Bin Youssef Al-Mugla
Executive Advisor to the CEO and Senior Vice President of Third Party Projects
Majid Youssef Al-Mugla joined Ma’aden in 2012. He was appointed Executive Advisor to the CEO and Vice President of Third Party Projects in 2016. He is also Vice President of the Wa’ad Al Shamal Phosphate Company (MWSPC).
He began his career as an operations engineer at the Ras Tanura refinery in 1985, later becoming the director of planning department. He served as President of the Saudi Aramco-Shell Refinery Company (SASREF) from 1998 to 2000. Between 2001 and 2005, he held senior management positions in refining and distribution, and subsequently became Vice President for Project Management of Sadara in 2009.
Majid graduated from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and subsequently earned his MBA.

Riyadh Bin Sa’ad Al-Nassar
Vice President, Project Management and Engineering
Riyadh Bin Sa’ad Al-Nassar joined Ma’aden Phosphate Company (MPC) in early 2013 as VP Technical, was promoted to President in mid-2014, and was appointed Ma’aden VP of Project Management and Engineering in 2016.
He has more than 20 years of experience in engineering, project management, planning and maintenance. Riyadh worked as project engineer at Eastern Petrochemical Company (SHARQ), as project manager at SAFCO and later joined MARAFIQ as manager of the Design and Projects Department. In 2006, he joined the GCC Interconnection Authority as Director of Planning, Engineering and Project Management.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.

Emad Al-Saadawi
Vice President, Corporate Exploration (Acting)
Emad Bin Mahmoud Al-Saadawi joined Ma’aden in 1992 and was appointed VP, Exploration in 2016. He leads a team of geoscience specialists providing innovative solutions to mineral exploration.
He has more than 24 years of extensive experience in mineral exploration in various senior roles as Chief Exploration Geologist, Chief Evaluation Geologist (Ore Resource Modeller) and Director, Exploration Technical Services. He was a Board Member of Industrial Minerals Company (IMC) and currently sits on the board of MGBM.
Emad earned a bachelor’s degree in earth science from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, in 1992 and, a master’s degree in mineral resources from the University of Wales, UK in 1996.

Fouzi Abdulrahman Bubshait
Vice President, Human Capital (Acting)
Fouzi Abdulrahman Bubshait joined Ma’aden in January 2012 as Senior Director of Talent Management, Organization Design and Change Management. In 2013 he was promoted as VP, Corporate Human Resources. He became VP, Human Capital acting in 2016.
In a career spanning over three decades, he worked in HR managerial positions in leading oil and industry companies such as Saudi Aramco and Chevron. Bubshait is a member of the Board of Directors of the Saudi Mining Polytechnic (SMP).
Fouzi holds three master’s degrees: in HR management from Texas A&M University, USA; in education from the University of Minnesota, USA; and in computer science as well as a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia.

Ali Bin Saeed Al-Qahtani
Vice President, Consolidated Support Services
Ali Saeed Al-Qahtani joined Ma’aden in 2011 and has been heading the Group’s efforts to consolidate shared services.
He has over 23 years of work experience spanning manufacturing, insurance, banking and finance sectors. He is a member of the Board of Managers of Ma’aden’s wholly owned subsidiary Ma’aden Gold and Base Metals Company (MGBM).
Ali secured his bachelor’s degree in accounting from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He secured his CPA (Certified Public Accountant) certification from the Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants (SOCPA).

Khaled Bin Sulaiman Alohali
Vice President, Aluminium SBU

Khaled Alohali joined Ma’aden in 2014. He leads Ma’aden Aluminum’s strategy, planning and development functions and sits on the Board of several Ma’aden subsidiaries.
In the 20 years prior to joining Ma’aden, Alohali held leadership positions in the public and private sectors. He worked at the Project Management Office of Saudi Arabian Economic Offset Program, was a consultant for the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and was the Vice President of the National Industrial Clusters Development Program. He led the Saudi side of the Saudi-Japan Industrial Cooperation Taskforce and also had a stint as the Vice President of Charles River Associates International (CRAI) and its Managing Director in Saudi Arabia.
Khaled holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering – Honors from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.

Stephen Bodley
Chief Legal Counsel
Stephen Bodley joined Ma’aden in September 2013. He has over 20 years of legal and business leadership experience, much of it in the mining and energy sectors.
Before joining Ma’aden, Bodley was the SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Sherritt International Inc., a mining company with significant assets in Canada, Cuba and Madagascar. Previously he worked with the North American subsidiary of Centrica plc., a UK-based FTSE 30 energy company, and was a partner in one of Canada’s leading law firms.
Stephen earned his Honors BA Economics from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada and law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto.