A Team of Experts

Jay New

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Jay New joined Ports Development Company in April 2021 as a Chief Executive Officer. As PDC’s Chief Executive Officer, Jay is responsible for accelerating King Abdullah Port’s growth and strengthening its role as the leading regional logistics hub, and enhancing its contributions to the national economy, in line with the Vision 2030 objectives.

Mr. New is a seasoned professional with over 20 years’ of experience in the ports, shipping and logistics environment, having served in many leading positions at Director and “C” level with  Hutchison Ports, Maersk Line, and Gulftainer. .

Mr. New holds a B.Ed. from the University of Leeds and is an ADP graduate in Business from the London Business School.

Abdullah Anwar Dannounn, LLM

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Mr. Abdullah Dannounn joined Ports Development Company as the General Counsel and Company Secretary at an early stage of the project in 2013. As PDC’s General Counsel, Dannounn is responsible for the strategic Legal planning, identifying and mitigating risks in all transactions, ensuring full compliance with the contractual and regulatory covenants, reporting to and managing the relationship with the board, board committees and the shareholders.

Mr. Dannounn enjoys around 25 years of a diversified multi-jurisdictional corporate law experience serving most successful business groups in the GCC and MENA region, handling extremely challenging assignments and fulfilling most aggressive expansion plans.

Before joining PDC, Mr. Dannounn served in many leading positions, including the Chief Legal Officer of Jazan Economic City Ltd; Legal Director and head of KSA corporate law of DLA Piper Middle East [world’s largest law firms]; Chief Legal Officer of Saudi Research and Marketing Group [one of the biggest media groups and the only listed media company in KSA]; General Manager of Aqaba Chamber of Commerce [Aqaba Special Economic Zone], Corporate Services Manager of Ernest & Young [Head office – Bahrain]; and Regional Head of Corporate Law of Abu Ghazaleh Legal Services (ABLE).

Mr. Dannounn holds Masters of Laws degree from the University of Jordan, Amman.

Dr. Majed Almalik

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

PhD. Majed Almalik joined Ports Development Company as Chief Technology and Innovation Officer in 2018. He is a high caliber executive with more than 23 years of work experience in government and private sector in the field of digital transformation

He is currently leading all technology and innovation initiatives and contributes to KAP digital strategy and vision by enabling modern technology, process automation, and integration with internal and external stakeholders

Prior to joining PDC, PhD. Almalik had extensive experience with Ministry of Interior digital transformation and E-services. He held the position of IT director at General Directorate of Passport – MOI.  He develops digital strategy, policies procedures and uses technology to enhance all MOI services that focus on external and internal customers.

PhD. Almalik holds a Bachelor’s degree in Security Sciences from King Fahad Security College, KSA – 1996, a Master’s degree in Software Engineering and Information System – 1999, and a Doctoral of philosophy Ph.D. in Software Engineering and Information System – Engineering school both from George Washington University, USA – 2006. Al Malik also holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (E.M.B.A.) from King AbdulAziz University, KSA – 2009.

Bassam Abdulaziz Fathi

Head of Commercial

Mr. Bassam Fathi joined Ports Development Company early 2018 and leads the commercial department and building the relations with all stakeholders in terms of shipping lines, consignees, shippers & logistics providers. Alongside finding alternative logistics solutions, strategizing commercial approaches and engaging customers and logistics service providers with the port technology solutions.

Mr. Fathi has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in logistics multinational & local companies and in different sectors from FMCG’s, Spar Parts, equipment’s & Vehicles, insurance operation, retail and most handed logistics functions from warehousing, transportation to Seaports.

Before joining PDC, he worked with SISCO group as General manager of Isnad company, a sister company to Redsea gateway and LogiPoint at Jeddah Islamic Port. Prior to that Fathi served in several companies from Procter & Gamble distributor in Saudi Arabia to Gulf warranties LLC.

Mr. Fathi holds a BS degree in MIS from King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals  and several training courses from well noted universities such as MIT- Massachusetts Institute of Technology and several international training houses.

Khaled Hasan Shalha

Head of Marketing

Mr. Khaled Hasan Shalha joined Ports Development Company in 2013 as the Marketing Head, bringing with him over 20 years of senior leadership experience in marketing and communications strategies.

He is responsible for designing and implementing bespoke marketing strategies that focus on increasing Ports Development Company flagship project “King Abdullah Port” penetration within the ports industry, and developing new business opportunities. Mr. Shalha has represented the company in various regional & international conferences & exhibitions.

Mr. Shalha joined PDC from Ogilvy, where he was a Regional Accounts Director, responsible for managing the agency’s consultation and marketing work for a diversified portfolio of brands. Prior to that he served as an Account Director at Euro RSCG Arabia.

Mr. Shalha holds a B.S in Business Administration with Marketing emphasis from the prestigious Lebanese American University, Beirut.

Imtiaz Hussain Shah

Head of Engineering & Facility Management

Eng. Imtiaz Shah joined Ports Development Company in 2013 to lead the successful delivery of master planning and design of King Abdullah Port which is currently handling container and bulk cargos and shall handle RORO in future. He is currently Head of Engineering and Facilities Management for King Abdullah Port. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the strategic integrated approach of maintaining, improving and adapting facilities and supporting infrastructure to create environments that strongly support King Abdullah Port’s primary business objectives.

Before joining PDC, Eng. Shah spent three years (April 2010 till April 2013) with Jazan Economic City for the delivery of major infrastructure projects in JEC. It was a USD 30 bn mega project and involved diversified projects like heavy industries, secondary industries, residential and commercial units, port, power plant etc.

Shah is a highly driven Development and Infrastructure professional with proven technical and management experience of delivering mega-scale high value infrastructure and development projects covering Port Master Planning, Logistics zones, business service zones, expressways, roads, utilities, marine works, etc. He has an extensive experience working on some prestigious projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which include Hajj related projects as well.

Eng. Shah holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar (University of Kashmir, India). He is a member of Saudi Council of Engineers.

Osama Al Otaibi

Finance Director

Mr. Osama Al Otaibi joined Ports Development Company in March 2021 as a Finance Director. As PDC’s Finance Director, Al Otaibi is responsible for  managing financial risks of the company, developing financial strategy and planning, developing and monitoring control systems designed to preserve company assets and financial reporting for the Company.

Mr. Al Otaibi is a seasoned financial professional and US Qualified CPA (California) with over 24 years of experience in Ports, Infrastructure, Real Estate, Trading, and Manufacturing.

Before joining PDC, Mr. Al Otaibi served in many leading positions including CFO for Gulf Stevedoring Contracting Co. (Gulftainer), CFO & a Shareholders representative for Miahona – ACWA POWER Company with financial responsibility for several International & Local Joint Ventures with: Sues Environment, CDM, Acciona Agua, Ranhill RUB, and ICDOC.

Mr. Al Otaibi has also been seconded to the Ministry of Water & Electricity of Saudi Arabia for 2 years to establish the National Water Company.

Mr. Al Otaibi holds a BA Degree in Accounting from Applied Science University of Jordan, Amman.

Eng. Muhammad AlShehri

Head of Operations

Eng. Muhammad AlShehri joined Ports Development Company in 2013 as the PMO where he led the project’s delivery. In 2017, he became responsible for the External Affairs where he successfully finalized the negotiations with the government agencies in the port.

In 2018, he joined PIF (Saudi Public Investment Fund) to work on Saudi Vision 2030 projects. He then moved on to NEOM, Saudi’s Vision biggest endeavor, as the Projects Manager where he worked on delivering the initial phases of the project. In 2019, he was rejoined Ports Development Company executive team where he is overseeing the operations at King Abdullah Port.

Before joining Ports Development Company, he worked for Aramco, Airbus Defense, and NEOM, working in Oil & Gas, Industrial, Agriculture, Supply Chain, Logistics, Ports and Military Projects with a proven track record in realizing initiatives, leading & integrating multiple teams, establishing/adopting processes, escalating & resolving strategic risks & issues, and delivering business benefits aligned with the organization’s strategy & vision.

Eng. AlShehri holds a Software Engineering degree from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals and has 13 years of experience in multiple industries.

Rami Bukhari

Head of Human Resources

Mr. Rami Bukhari joined Ports Development Company as Compensation & Benefits Manager in 2015, bringing with him 10 years’ experience in human resource management, training, administration and organizational development and has been heading the department from the beginning of 2019.

Mr. Bukhari is responsible for supporting PDC’s aggressive growth strategy through talent acquisition, retention, and implementation of human resource management best practices.

Prior to joining PDC, Mr. Bukhari served for six years as a Human Resources Manager in the automotive field between Mohammed Yousef Naghi Motors Company (Hyundai) and Arabian Auto Agency (AAA). Before that he served 4 years at a petrochemical company in the human resources department.

Mr. Bukhari holds a Bachelor Degree in Mineral Resources from the Faculty of Earth Sciences in King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, KSA.

Mohammed S. Al-Zuabi

Head of the Bonded & Re-Export Zone

Mr. Mohammed Al-Zuabi is the Head of the Bonded Free & Re-Export Zone at Ports Development Company since 2018. He is responsible for consolidating PDC’s position as the owner, developer, and the marketer of the largest Bonded & Re-Export Zone in Saudi Arabia.

Mr. Al-Zuabi has more than 25 years of experience in the Bonded Free & Re-Export Zones (Bonded Zones). Also in Sales & Marketing, Commercial, Trading, and Project Cargo management in Global Shipping Lines and MNC’s.

Before joining PDC, he worked with Saudi Trade & Export Development Company (TUSDEER/LogiPoint) as the Director of Sales & Marketing  and as an Advisor. Prior to that he served as the Commercial General Manager of United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) in Saudi Arabia. And assumed senior positions in Global Shipping Lines including Hapag-Lloyd, COSCO, CMBT, APL, and PIL in Kuwait and Jordan.

Mr. Al-Zuabi holds a Master’s Degree in International Business from Ohio University, USA, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration & Communications from Ohio University, USA. Besides professional training certificates from INSEAD Business School, and Columbia University, N.Y.

Ahmed Fouad Mohamed

Head of Internal Audit and Audit Committee Secretary

Mr.  Ahmed Mohamed joined Ports Development Company as Head of Internal Audit and Audit Committee Secretary in September 2014.

Mr. Mohamed reports to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors on matters related to internal controls and compliance with laws and regulations. He also reports to the Top Management on issues related to risk management.

Mr. Mohamed spent more than Ten years in the Public Audit Firms Deloitte, PwC & KPMG. Before joining PDC, he was an Audit Manager in Deloitte & Touch.

Mr.  Mohamed holds a bachelor’s Degree in accounting and Business Administration with Accounting emphasis from Helwan University, Egypt.

Captain Assem Ashary

Harbor Master

Captain Assem Ashary joined Ports Development Company in 2013, bringing with him 30 years of experience in shipping industry and ports marine operations. He is responsible for the provision of a safe high quality marine services to vessels visiting King Abdullah Port.

Prior Joining PDC, Captain Assem served as the Executive Director for Abdurrahman Atturki Company ATCO (the marine services provider in Jeddah Islamic Port), as a ship’s Captain then as a Marine Superintendent for Vela International Marine in Dubai – UAE, as a deck officer and then as a Port Captain for Bahri, and as a Sea Pilot for Jeddah Islamic Port.

Captain Assem holds an Over Seas Master Certificate.