Petrofac Ltd said it has appointed Sara Akbar as a non-executive director with effect from 1 January 2018.
Akbar, who holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Kuwait University has more than 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. She is founder of and until recently the CEO of Kuwait Energy KSC, which she set up in 2005 to exploit the opportunity for an independent engineering and production company in the MENA and Eurasia regions.
Prior to that Akbar was new business development manager for Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company, and served in various positions in the oil and gas industry in Kuwait and internationally from 1981 to 1999.
As previously announced, non-executive director Thomas Thune Andersen will step down from the board after a seven-year tenure, also effective 1 January 2018.
Petrofac’s chairman Rijnhard van Tets said: “We are delighted to welcome Sara to the board. She is very well known in the industry both in Kuwait and internationally, and her unique insight into the Middle East, along with her significant operating experience in the region, is a very complementary fit to our existing board. My fellow non-executive directors and I look forward to working with Sara.
Akbar said: “I look forward to bringing my detailed knowledge of the MENA region to the board table to support Petrofac’s continued successful execution of its strategy in the region and beyond.”