Al Mady joined SABIC in 1976 with a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wyoming, USA, and held various key positions within the company before his rise to the top.
SABIC is comfortably the largest listed company in the Middle East, and the world’s biggest chemical maker. And, as its CEO since 1998, there is no doubt Al Mady still boasts considerable influence on the industrial markets. Under Al Mady’s stewardship, SABIC has grown from a company that employed six people in 1976 to one that employs 31,000 with a market capitalisation in excess of $30bn.
In 2009, Al Mady was named the world’s third most influential person in the global chemicals industry by London-based industry magazine, ICIS Chemical Business. SABIC is today at the forefront of massive petrochemical industry expansion.