Sparrows Group appoints Saudi Arabia general manager

Ali Al KharariAli Hassan Al-Kharari is the first Saudi Arabia general manager of Sparrows Group

The appointment aims to help the company to respond to the growing business demand in the kingdom.

Al-Kharari has more than 20 years’ oil and gas experience to Sparrows, most recently as commercial manager – special projects at McDermott International. Additionally, he has experience with several technical and senior roles at Schlumberger in the Middle East, including business development manager and regional proposal and estimating manager.

In the new position, Al-Kharari will be responsible for leading the strategic direction of the global specialist equipment and integrated engineering services provider in the kingdom. He will further drive Sparrows’ global diversification into the onshore industrial sector with a major focus on petrochemical, mining, rail and food manufacturing markets.

In 2019, Sparrows achieved a significant milestone by securing vendor approval status from Saudi Aramco, allowing the company to deliver its full portfolio of services to the operator. This includes drilling and lifting equipment examination and overhaul, specialist inspection, dropped objects prevention scheme (DROPS) surveys, mechanical handling and engineering support.

Stewart Mitchell, CEO at Sparrows, said, “We are committed to the development and training of Saudi Arabian citizens in support of the In Kingdom Total Value Add (IKTVA) programme and this appointment further strengthens the local personnel support in our operations.

Al-Kharari added, “The kingdom is a highly active market where crane, machinery and rotating equipment inspection and maintenance services are in high demand to ensure operations remain uninterrupted, safe and efficient. Sparrows has a wide range of specialist engineering services and reliable solutions to support this across both onshore and offshore markets.”

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