Xylem strengthens regional footprint with appointment in the Middle East
Al-Anoud will be responsible in driving the local supply chain, as part of the company’s aim to improve water solutions locally
NYSE-listed global water technology company Xylem has appointed Saudi national Al-Anoud Al Saud as its Sales Engineer in its offices in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, further strengthening its regional operations and its commitment to nurturing local talent in line with the Kingdom’s National Transformation Programme.
Al-Anoud will be responsible in driving the local supply chain, as part of the company’s aim to improve water solutions locally.
Having garnered experience as a Quality Assurance Engineer in Riyadh, Al-Anoud brings a wealth of fresh talent and expertise to the role. She is a former student at Al Faisal University in Riyadh, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering.
The announcement follows the recent appointment of five other experienced industry professionals in key offices across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and KSA.
Since the establishment of its KSA office in 2017, Xylem has seen steady growth of its core offering across the key market.
The firm’s latest drive for expansion follows the company’s recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), representing an investment of $50m (SAR187.6m) into the Kingdom.
The agreement will see Xylem work with SAGIA to develop and localise advanced water and wastewater products and technologies to address water challenges in Saudi Arabia.
Commenting on the appointment, the managing director for Middle East and Turkey at Xylem, Frank Ackland, said: “Xylem is committed to attracting a diverse pool of local industry professionals to continue strengthening our capabilities in the Middle East, in order to leverage our market-leading portfolio and provide sustainable water technology solutions to help solve the region’s greatest water challenges.
“Despite recent global events and a challenging start to the year, 2020 has marked an important year for Xylem in the region, with a number of key strategic appointments across the Middle East and Turkey, which will play a key role in driving our regional operations and growth.”
He added: “It has never been more important to have the right team in place and these latest additions to our sales force in the Kingdom will allow us to further connect with our customers, and deliver critical, localised products and sustainable water technology solutions to help solve the region’s greatest water challenges.
“We are delighted to welcome such energetic and talented individuals on board and as we continue to push ahead with our important growth plans for the region, we look forward to seeing them play an invaluable role in helping us achieve these goals.”
In addition to the Saudi Arabia office, Xylem has invested in several facilities across the region. This includes a manufacturing plant and rental and services business in Dubai.
Xylem brings over 40 years of expertise in water management solutions and has special expertise in emergency planning and response, whilst also providing remote monitoring and control of pump location and performance.