Farouk Hussain al-Zanki

Company: Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC)
Position: Chief executive officer (CEO)

Biography: Farouk Hussain al-Zanki was named CEO of KPC in October 2010.

The appointment confirms Al-Zanki as one of the most powerful executives in Kuwait and 2011 will reveal whether he has the backing of parliament to execute a series of long-awaited projects. Al-Zanki replaced Saad al-Shuwaib, whose term was characterised by parliamentary disputes that prevented him from delivering any of the firm’s strategic projects.

Between 1982 and 2007, Al-Zanki held various roles at Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), including manager for the exploration and development group, and manager for the planning group. From 2004 to 2007, he was chairman of KOC. Between September 2007 and October 2010, he was managing director for refining at KPC and chairman of Kuwait National Petroleum Company.

He graduated with a master’s degree from Oklahoma University in the US.

Contact: (+965) 1 858 585
Company website: www.kpc.com.kw/default.aspx