Company: Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat)
Position: Managing director
Biography: Muhammad Ghannam began his career at the US’ Mobil Oil Corporation, working in the finance department at its Dallas-based exploration and production headquarters, and later in Jakarta for Mobil Oil Indonesia.
He then moved to Ras Laffan in Qatar to assume the role of chief operating officer for finance with Qatargas. When Nakilat was launched in 2004, Ghannam was appointed managing director.
He has steered the company from its early incarnation as an investment house through flotation of half its shares in 2006 to create one of the world’s largest shipping companies, with a fleet of 54 vessels. In mid-2009, he raised the final $1bn required to finance Nakilat’s 45 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers. Ghannam studied accountancy in the US, qualifying as a certified public accountant in New York in 1975.
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