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Arabsat announces new CEO as part of management shakeup

Haitham Al-Ohali will replace Nasser bin Saleh Al-Hejailan as chairman of the board while Dr. Badr bin Nasser Al-Suwaidan will head Arabsat.
Khalid Balkheyour.

Eng. Khalid bin Ahmed Balkheyour, who served at Arabsat since 2003, has stepped down from his role as CEO as part of a major reorganisation within the company. The announcement was made at the Board of Directors’ meeting on Wednesday 25th August 2021. H.E Eng. Haitham Al-Ohali, Vice Minister at Ministry of Communications and Information Technology will now serve as the new Chairman on Arabsat’s Board of Directors and Dr. Badr bin Nasser Al-Suwaidan, Chief Technical Officer, will head the organisation.

Before joining Arabsat, Dr. Badr Al-Suwaidan worked as a Director of the Institute of Research and Space in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia and participated in several programmes and space missions, including working on the first Saudi Geostationary satellite SGS-1 in cooperation with Arabsat, and Saudi-Sat4 in cooperation with the US Space Agency NASA.

H.E, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Eng. Haitham Al-Ohali, pointed out that “Arabsat succeeded in embodying the spirit of the Arab League Charter and strengthening the ties and the joint Arab work among the Arab League states economically, culturally and in other developmental fields. Also, since its establishment in 1976, Arabsat has succeeded in broadcasting the message of the Arab world to more than 170m viewers in more than 100 countries around the world.”

He added: “I am looking forward to working together with the members of the Board and the Executive Management to complete Arabsat mission.”

The members of the Board expressed their thanks to Dr. Nasser bin Saleh Al-Hejailan, the former Chairman of Arabsat Board of Directors, and Eng. Khalid Balkheyour, for their successful accomplishments at the company.