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28 January 2018

Jihad Khalfan will take over as the new Finance Manager at the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) on Wednesday (Feb 1) succeeding Adel Abdulmalik, who retires this month.

Company President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery congratulated  Mr. Khalfan on this appointment and expressed confidence in his management capabilities, which would enable him to efficiently manage financial affairs.

Dr. Jawahery noted the healthy relations between the company and its partners, the Saudi Basic Industries Company and the Petrochemical Industries Company of Kuwait and stressed the GPIC continued to develop its comprehensive management systems aimed at improving its human resources so that it could attain the top industrial position. He said the management relies on a well-thought-out strategy to bring in qualified employees with work experience and knowledge and equip them with the qualifications that enable them to manage and lead the company’s successful training and development programme. This, he said, makes it possible for the youth to assume leadership positions.

Dr. Jawahery said the company is not only seeking profits but also investing in human resources as a guarantee for its success and excellence, in addition to other factors. He added that training and rehabilitation of human resources meets the needs of the company’s present and future, which is fraught with risks and challenges.

He said qualified and experienced employees now come at a premium because of competition between companies and institutions. He said the GPIC looks at its workers from an integrated perspective, especially in light of its Bahraini manpower.

Mr. Khalfan thanked company Chairman Dr. Ahmed Ali Al Shariyan, the Board of Directors and Dr. Jawahery for their trust. He stressed on the importance of the responsibility entrusted to him and spoke of his keenness to preserve the company's achievements and successes while working with the members of the executive management and all the employees to strengthen its position.

Mr. Khalfan holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Saint Edward in the United States, in addition to being a Certified Management Accountant from the American Institute of Management Accountants.

He joined the company in 2005 and has held several supervisory positions. He has also attended several advanced courses in management and leadership in Bahrain and abroad.