Board of Directors
Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Al Saud
Chairman of the Board
Prince Turki started his career as a professional engineer in the government sector and soon realized the critical need for professional engineering services to cater to the enormous requirements for the various development projects across the country. He established Dar Al Riyadh in February 1975 with a clear vision for it to become one of the leading brands in professional engineering services. Armed with his passion and his own value system, Prince Turki immersed himself in the inner workings of the business since inception and he saw and appreciated the impact of business entities that goes well beyond generating shareholder value to touch individuals, families, and the society at large. He believed early on that for Dar Al Riyadh to become a sustainable and responsible organization, it needed more than a group of talented engineers and more than a collection of technical standards and practices. Dar Al Riyadh needed a set of guiding principles that would serve as the foundation. Strategic direction and priorities may change from time to time, but these guiding principles remain the same and get stronger with the passage of time. Not only did Prince Turki talk about these principles frequently, but he modeled them through his own practice and decisions. Today, these guiding principles are referred to collectively as Dar Al Riyadh’s COMPASS. During his 45 years’ tenure as the CEO, Dar Al Riyadh grew multiple folds both organically and through strategic joint ventures all of which are permanent entities registered under the commercial law of Saudi Arabia and are enjoying leading positions in their respective markets.
Prince Turki holds a strong belief that business organizations and leaders have deep responsibility towards all related stakeholders both in conducting business responsibly and through active participation in socially responsible causes. Dar Al Riyadh’s history is enriched with many stories where Prince Turki and the management team took courageous decisions to protect the interests of the concerned stakeholders and to remain true to their guiding principles.
- Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dar Al Riyadh Group (February 1975 – December 2019)
- Chairman, Dar Al Riyadh Group (January 2020 – Present)
- Chairman, Saudi Arabian Parsons Limited (January 2011 to Present)
- Chairman, Wipro Arabia Limited (March 2006 – Present)
- Founder and Chairman, Safaah Foundation (April 2011 – Present)
Academic and Professional Qualifications
- Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Southern California – Los Angeles
- Professional accreditation of a “Consultant” by the Saudi Council of Engineers.
Prince Mohammed bin Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud
Prince Mohammed held the position of CEO of the group from January 2020 until December 2022. During that period, he successfully led Dar Al Riyadh to keep pace with the challenges of that era, which was marred by the negative consequences of Covid-19 Pandemic. He also reinforced the company’s culture that supports the long-term strategic direction, which resulted in the company’s current strategy until 2026.
Prior to becoming the CEO, Prince Mohammed was the Company President where he oversaw the day-to-day operation and led the Company growth. Prior to that, Prince Mohammed held a number of positions including General Manager of Engineering and Architecture, and business analyst. He also worked in business development with Shell Overseas Services.
In addition, Prince Mohammad is the board chairman for Massadr HR Services Company and he is a board member on the following JV entities:
- SAPL (Saudi Arabian Parsons)
- WAL (Wipro Arabia Limited)
- CBRE (CBRE Saudi Arabia)
- TIDAREC (Technip Italy & DAR Engineering Consultancy Company)
Prince Mohammad holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Swarthmore College in USA and he completed his Global Masters in Management in 2017 from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
His Excellency Eng. Ibrahim Al-Omar
Independent Board Member at Dar Al Riyadh
His Excellency Eng. Ibrahim Al-Omar is the Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) since 24 October 2020 and he has been a Saudia board member since June 2020. Prior to that, he was the Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority from April 2017 to February 2020 and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) from 2014 to 2017.
He has worked on a variety of major international telecom projects as well, during his 18-year career, including appointments at Saudi Telecom Co. (STC), until he became Vice President of STC’s business unit, Chief Executive Officer of VIVA Bahrain and Chief Alliance and Partnership Officer and Chief Development Officer at Mobily.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals and has a strong background in the information communications technology and logistics sectors. He also completed the program for leadership development at Harvard Business School.
Mr. Thomas Kuruvilla
Independent Board Member at Dar Al Riyadh
Mr. Thomas Kuruvilla is a member of the Global Board of Arthur D. Little – the world’s first management consulting firm – and he is responsible for Arthur D. Little’s operations in the Middle East. Thomas is also the Head of the Strategy and Organization practice in South Asia and the Middle East. Thomas has been with Arthur D. Little since 1998 and was responsible for Arthur D. Little’s Singapore operations Thomas has led many public sector transformational engagements on economic development and digital transformation, across industries: transport, telecoms, health care and real estate/smart city. Thomas has supported various family conglomerates in the Middle East in developing and executing their strategy. Thomas is on the board of a few family conglomerates in the Middle East. Thomas is a part-time faculty at many Indian Institutes of Management (IIM – Ahmedabad, Bangalore & Udaipur), India – for programmes covering International Business Strategy; Family Conglomerate Strategy & Governance; Strategy/Management Consulting. Thomas is a member of the Industry Advisory Panel of S P Jain School of Global Management.
Mr. Kuruvilla has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Kerala University and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, Australia/Asian Institute of Management, Philippines. Before joining Arthur D. Little, he worked with Larsen and Toubro, the largest engineering company in India. Thomas was also selected as a Pilot Officer with Indian Air Force.
Mr. Bob Prieto
Independent Board Member at Dar Al Riyadh
Mr. Bob Prieto is a senior executive effective in shaping and executing business strategy and has become known as a leader within the engineering and construction industry. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Program Management LLC since 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Prieto held several senior leadership positions including Senior Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Operations at Fluor Engineering and Construction from January 2004 to November 2015 and he also served as the Chairman of Parsons Brinckerhoff from 1997 to 2003.
In addition, Mr. Prieto held various positions on the boards of engineering firms and professional associations such as Mott MacDonald, Cardno, the Construction Management Association of America, and the National Academy of Construction.
Mr. Prieto holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering New York University.
Mr. Prieto wrote over 600 papers and publications on the subjects of management, leadership, ethics, engineering, construction and innovation including eight books, “Strategic Program Management”; “The Giga Factor: Program Management in the Engineering and Construction Industry”; “Application of Life Cycle Analysis in the Capital Assets Industry”; “Capital Efficiency: Pull All the Levers”; Resilience: Managing the Risk of Natural Disasters; Resilience: An Engineering & Construction Perspective; and Theory of Management of Large Complex Projects published by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and “Topics in Strategic Program Management”
Mr. Abdullah Al Mustaneer
Chief Executive Officer and Board Member
Abdullah was appointed as the CEO of Dar Al Riyadh effective January 1, 2023. He is responsible for developing and executing the Company strategy with the support of the business leadership team. He is also responsible for shaping and strengthening the Company’s culture in support of the Company’s long-term strategic direction. He also plays an instrumental role in maintaining strong relationship with strategic clients and partners.
Abdullah joined the company in 2014, when he then held the position of the Group Human Resources Director. He succeeded in leading many strategic programs and initiatives; for example, the HR transformation program focusing on employee engagement, talent development, Saudization, HR service quality, performance management, and the institutionalization of the Company’s value system (Dar Al Riyadh COMPASS).
Prior to joining Dar Al Riyadh, Abdullah spent 11 years working with Saudi Aramco where he provided HR support and advisory services to organizations in the upstream, downstream, and engineering & project management business lines.
Abdullah holds a Bachelor’s of Science in business management from the University of Arizona, and he holds a number of professional certifications in various business practices.