3M, a global science-based company that inspires creative collaboration, announced the appointment of Karim Sarahni as Managing Director for its operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In an effort to realize the Saudi Vision 2030, Karim Sarahni will lead 3M’s strategic plans to invest in the country following the foreign-owned trading license it received from the government recently.
With over 25 years of experience working at 3M, Karim has amassed a wealth of industry and company-specific knowledge to enhance business development and operational management. His expertise in the Electrical, Manufacturing, Research and Development as well as the Healthcare sectors will further strengthen the long-term partnership with the Saudi government in support of its Vision 2030.
Lars Hanseid, Area Vice-President for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Region at 3M said: “Karim’s consistent professionalism and drive for excellence has earned him a stellar reputation among 3M coworkers across the world. As a strategic thinker, tactical specialist and charismatic leader, we are confident that he will successfully implement our phased strategic plans with phase one underway to establish our manufacturing footprint in the country while also focusing on healthcare and infrastructure sectors.”
Commenting on his new role, Sarahni said: “This is an exciting time to be in Saudi Arabia, especially since the Kingdom is investing in manufacturing, healthcare, research and development. It will certainly be challenging, however, the 3M team in Saudi Arabia is exceptional at what they do, and I am certain that we can establish a strong operational footprint as well as strengthen connections with government officials and key stakeholders to pave the path for multiple opportunities in the near future.”
Phase two of 3M’s strategic development will focus on further expanding manufacturing capabilities to cover more of the local market as well as a plan to establish research and development centers in the Kingdom. Additionally, the third phase, depending on the outcome of phases one and two, will focus on building the established manufacturing footprint and technical foundation to serve local and regional markets.
3M has been present in Saudi Arabia since 1980, and provides technical support through a Technical and Scientific Office, and operates Customer Technical Centers and a Learning Center in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam. With Karim Sarahni at the helm, the company will aim to foster mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders to sustain consistent growth and development.