Sonatrach: Can Shake-Up Haul Lumbering Behemoth Into The 21st Century?

MEES, 24 August 2018

Sonatrach president Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour has been quietly carrying out a major restructuring of the firm’s management, including the creation of several new divisions and a change of personnel in other key posts.

The changes include the creation of three new vice-president positions: VP finance, to which executive finance director Mohamed Karoubi is promoted; VP business and development, taken on by Sonatrach’s strategy programme manager Fethi Arabi; and VP marketing, filled by Ahmed Mazighi in a promotion from his role as marketing analysis and planning director. Taam Nourredine replaces Omar Maaliou as marketing director.

The creation of new VPs is a reversal from the last major round of changes to Sonatrach’s senior management structure…

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Richard Nield is a freelance journalist, photographer and filmmaker covering the Middle East and Africa. In 10 years covering the region, he has been published and broadcast by clients including the BBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Independent and Foreign Policy magazine. He has reported from throughout the region, including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, South Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.