by Mohammad Adarbeh and Hanoof Alseleem
Senior executive management, past and present, including president and CEO Amin Nasser and HE Ali I. Al-Naimi, gathered at the Plaza Center earlier this month to bid a fond farewell to Mohammed O. Al Subaie, who ended his career with the company as general auditor. (Photo: Musleh Al-Khathami/MPD)
Dhahran — Mohammed O. Al Subaie’s distinguished 25-year career with Saudi Aramco was celebrated earlier this month when executive senior management — past and present — as well as colleagues, friends, and family, gathered to recognize him for his contributions to the company and wish him well in his retirement.
Al Subaie completed his career with the company as general auditor with Internal Auditing — a position he held since March 2015. Al Subaie holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Columbia College in the United States, and a master’s degree in business administration from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.
His journey with Saudi Aramco started in April 1993 and he retired in September of this year. Attendees of the event were told Al Subaie served as an example to be emulated in terms of his knowledge and experience, which benefited all those who worked with him.
The ceremony, which was attended by president and CEO Amin Nasser, was held at the Plaza Conference Center in Dhahran. Also attending were members of senior executive management as well as previously retired Aramcons. His Excellency Ali I. Al-Naimi was also on hand for the occasion as the guest of honor.
Nasser highlighted the various positions held by Al Subaie, noting that he left his mark in each one of them.
“We will truly miss Mohammed because he has passion and social intelligence that made him closer to everybody,” said Nasser. “These were his traits throughout his career. He loved the company and the company reciprocated this love.
“It is hard for me to bid farewell to an exceptional and great Saudi Aramco leader on this day. I can only say thank you so much for your work and dedication to Saudi Aramco. You were the spirit and heart of the Internal Auditing Department.”
Al Subaie then took the floor and delivered a passionate speech, combining joy and sadness at the same time.
In his speech, he discussed how the company shaped his professional character and helped him develop the traits of which he is proud, such as professionalism, commitment, adoption of the highest standard of quality, reliability in performance, and safety as a way of life. The most important trait, he added, was a never-ending quest for self-development and continuous learning.
“It is really hard to express my feelings as I leave in words,” he said. “No words or speeches can be enough to express gratitude to this great company. Yes, I will miss this professional environment. What I will miss the most is my second family — my friends and colleagues. It is hard to close this chapter.”