Aramco in the Middle Years: A Conversation with Bob Norberg
SUSRIS | Pat Ryan | 8.28.12
I often start with the story of Ali Naimi, a Bedouin boy who was 12 years old when he began as an Aramco office boy, rose to become the first Saudi president of the company and serves today as Minister of Petroleum. While unusual in the sense of his spectacular achievement, he is nonetheless representative of many thousands of Saudis who came from the desert and impoverished villages to build the Saudi Aramco we know today. When the first American oilmen went to Saudi Arabia in 1933 and recruited Saudis, some applicants had to be helped to exit the interview rooms because they had never seen a doorknob. Sixty years later, Saudis were in total and competent control of the world’s largest integrated energy company, from the rig floor to the boardroom. An amazing story.