Zahid Group-Total JV appoints Hisham Atalla as GM
Saudi Total grants oversight of 15-centre operation and KAEC blending plant to Total group veteran
Zahid Group and Total joint venture Saudi Total has appointed Hisham Atalla as its general manager – bringing with him to Saudi Arabia more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.
Saudi Total, which specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of automotive, industrial and marine lubricants, as well as specialty products within the Kingdom, was formed in 2007.
Atalla joined Total Egypt in 1998, working his way up to senior management before working in the Total head office in Paris, and ultimately being posted back to the region to manage the start-up of Total Jordan.
“I am excited to join the Saudi Total team and to work with Zahid Group. Together we will continue the journey of establishing Total as the preferred brand in the market,” commented Atalla.
Atalla replaces Nizar Raydan, who relocated to Geneva to assume the role of global supply head for base oil with Total. During his tenure in Saudi Arabia, Raydan oversaw the opening of Saudi Total’s blending plant in King Abdullah Economic City in October 2013, and 15 authorised service centres.
In 2014, Zahid Group also became a shareholder in Total Maroc.