United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) has announced two key board appointments. Dr. Nabeel Al-Amudi is the new chairman and H.E. Sheikh Ali bin Jassim bin Mohammad Al-Thani is vice chairman. They will together take responsibility for spearheading UASC’s ambitious global expansion plans and the company’s efforts to cement its position as both the market leader in the Middle East and as an emerging global carrier.

Dr. Al-Amudi is currently the president of the Saudi Ports Authority, having previously held several managerial and leadership positions in Saudi Aramco and its various subsidiaries. During his tenure at Saudi Aramco, Dr. Al-Amudi assisted in starting up the Ras Tanura Refinery Expansion Project and was also involved in setting up the Rabigh Development Project and the Saudi Aramco Total Refinery Project.

H.E. Sheikh Ali Al-Thani, currently the chairman of Qatar Navigation, Milaha, started his career at the Ministry of Finance in Qatar as a financial analyst in the Investment Bureau. Since his appointment to Milaha in 2009, Sheikh Ali Al-Thani has overseen the development of the organisation to form a multi-faceted shipping, maritime services and logistics company.

UASC is confident that Dr. Al-Amudi’s and Sheikh Al-Thani’s experience and track record in leading complex and large organisations will be crucial as the company moves forward with its expansion plans, which include the delivery of a fleet of 18,800teu container vessels, and the establishment of alliances with other leading carriers.