Oman's Sohar Power names Ya'qoub Harbi Salim Al Harthi as CEO
Former CEO Guillaume Baudet moves within Engie, which indirectly owns Kahrabel, a major shareholder in Sohar Power
Oman’s Muscat Securities Market-listed Sohar Power – which owns and operates the largest power generation and water desalination plant in Oman’s Sohar Industrial Port area, Al Batinah – has appointed Ya’qoub Harbi Salim Al Harthi as its chief executive officer, with the new CEO’s appointment taking effect from 23 September 2019 after former chief executive Guillaume Baudet resigned to move to another assignment within the Engie group in Europe, which indirectly owns Kahrabel, a major shareholder in Sohar Power.
Kahrabel oversees and manages the development, construction, and operation of the electricity and water production business of Engie – formerly GDF Suez Group in the Mena region – and is directly owned by International Power.
International Power is indirectly and wholly owned by International Power Ltd, which, in turn, is indirectly owned by Engie Group.
Al Harthi holds a mechanical engineering degree from Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University, and has been involved with power plant operations and management across various Engie facilities for 14 years.
He was named CEO of Al Batinah Power Company in 2017, and of Al-Kamil Power Co in 2015, prior to which he was general manager of Al-Kamil Construction and Services from early-2014.
Sohar Power said in a missive to the Muscat bourse that Al Harthi had also worked at Rusail Power Station and Sohar Power and Water Plant as operations manager for “several years”.