Amin Nasser has been appointed as acting president and CEO of Saudi Aramco.

Nasser replaces former president and CEO Khalid al-Falih who became Saudi Aramco chairman and Minster of Health in a wide ranging government shake up by King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud on 29 April that also included the appointment of Mohammed bin Nayef al-Saud as Crown Prince and Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud as Deputy Crown Prince.

Nasser was Aramco’s senior vice president for exploration and producing, a position he had held since January 2008.

According to the Aramco website he joined the oil company after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran in 1982.

Amin Nasser career highlights

1982 – Joins Aramco after graduating from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran

1982-1991 – Various assignments with production engineering, drilling and reservoir management departments

1991 1997 – various supervisory positions in the engineering and producing department

1997 – Becomes manager of the Ras Tanura producing department as well as

manager of the Northern Area producing engineering department, Safaniya offshore producing department and the Safaniya onshore producing department

2004 – Appointed as chief petroleum engineer

2005 – Becomes executive director of Petroleum Engineering and Development

2006 – Named vice president of petroleum engineering and development

2007 – Made acting business line head of exploration and producing (E&P)

2008 – Appointed as full time business line head of E&P, and five months later he became E&P’s senior vice president

Nasser has also had various developmental assignments, including the Saudi Aramco Leadership Development Seminar in Washington in 1999, the Saudi Aramco Global Business Programme in 2000, and the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University in 2002.

He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and in 2008, he was elected a member of the SPE Industry Advisory Council.