Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) announced yesterday the appointment of Dr. Abdulla Habib Ahmed as the firm’s Acting Chief Operations Officer. Alba appointed Ahmed to the position in a meeting earlier this month, appointing him to the office with immediate effect.
Abdullah has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a MBA from French Arabian School/ESSEC. He earned his doctorate in Chemical Engineering – Aluminium Smelting from University of New South Wales (UNSW) two summers ago.
Beginning with the firm in 1995, Abdullah’s first responsibility with Alba was as a trainee engineer. In the intervening years he has held several supervisory and management positions in the firm, including Superintendent Reduction Line, R&D Manager, Reduction Lines Manager, Customers Technical Support Manager, Director of Reduction Lines and Services, and, most recently, Director of Reduction Line 6 Start-up.
Alba’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Murray praised Abdullah, noting his over two decades of service with the firm:
“At Alba, we believe that the key to our success is to develop and promote our people from within the Company then harness their true potential.
“Abdulla has more than 20 years of diversified operations experience in Alba and showed great mettle during the Line 5 Recovery situation.
“His appointment as the acting COO of Alba comes at a notable time as we progress on the Line 6 Expansion Project and I am confident the Executive team will greatly benefit with Abdulla in the new position.”
Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C., or simply Alba, is one of the largest industrial companies in the Middle East and is one of the top 10 largest aluminium producers in the world. Originally incorporated in 1968, the company is based in Bahrain and 84% of its total workforce are Bahraini nationals. It began operations in 1971 with a 120,000 metric ton annual capacity. Modernization bumped the output up to 450,000 metric tons in 1992. In the spring of 2005, Alba opened Line 5, raising output by 860,000 metric tons per year. In 2016 Alba’s smelter produced 971,420 metric tons of primary aluminium.