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Mazen I. Snobar was named President and CEO of Aramco Services Company (ASC) on May 1, 2003.
Snobar graduated in 1976 from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals with a B.Sc. degree in applied civil engineering before joining Saudi Aramco in 1977 as a facility civil engineer in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, the corporate headquarters of Saudi Aramco. After later serving in Dhahran as an aviation engineer in the Aviation Department in 1979 and 1980, he took flight crew training instruction in California and obtained his Airline Transport Pilot’s License (ATPL) and instructor rating as well as a helicopter commercial instrument rating.
In 1981, Snobar went on to be trained as a first officer and then as captain, flying fixed-wing aircraft for Saudi Aramco for the next six years.
Snobar then served a brief stint in 1987 as superintendent of Aviation Technical Services, and also worked on special projects including the design phase of Saudi Aramco’s facilities at the King Fahd International Airport in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Later in 1987 he was named manager of operations for Aramco Associated Company (AAC) in Houston, a subsidiary of ASC with offices at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
In 1990, Snobar was appointed manager of Saudi Aramco’s Aviation Department, directing one for the world’s largest corporate aircraft fleets for the next 10 years. During this tenure, he was selected in 1993 for a one-year developmental assignment with Saudi Aramco’s Long Range Planning Department.
In 2001, Snobar was assigned to the London office of Saudi Petroleum Overseas, Ltd., (SPOL) an international marketing support services affiliate of Saudi Aramco, where he was managing director of SPOL until being named President and CEO of ASC.
Snobar serves as a board member for the American Petroleum Institute in Washington, D.C., and Awty International School and the Arab-American Foundation, both in Houston. He is also an advisory board member for the Center for Global Business Studies at Penn State University.