5. (New entry) David Kultgen General counsel and Corporate Secretary, Saudi Aramco Only the second general counsel in Saudi Aramco’s history, US-born David Kultgen commands considerable respect in the company’s Dhahran and Riyadh corridors of power. He took over as general counsel and corporate secretary of the world’s biggest oil company in January this year.
The small kingdom is among the most economically vulnerable of the GCC states, with high debt levels, low reserves and slow GDP growth. But it has identified jewels in its accelerating non-oil economy that will help it forge a new path for the future.