Press Release

His Excellency Abdullah A. Alireza Joins AECOM Global Advisory Board

AECOM announced today that His Excellency Abdullah A. Alireza has joined the AECOM Global Advisory Board.  Chaired by former U.K. Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Sir John Major KG CH, and composed of other leaders in business and geopolitical affairs, the AECOM Global Advisory Board supports the company’s efforts to enter and grow in new geographies, business lines and high-growth service areas.

H.E. Alireza is Vice Chairman of Xenel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  He also served as Minister of Commerce and Industry from 2008 to 2011.  Previously, H.E. Alireza was Minister of State and a member of the Council of Ministers from 2003 to 2008, and the Supreme Economic Council from 2000 to 2011.  He has also served as Chairman, Kingdom’s World Trade Organization Working Team; Chairman, Board of Directors of the Saudi Arabia Standards Organization; and Chairman, Board of Directors of the Commission for Development of Industrial Cities and Technical Zones.

In addition, H.E. Alireza headed the Kingdom’s Delegation to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Kingdom’s Delegations at the Gulf Cooperation Council in the Commerce Cooperation Committee and Industrial Cooperation Committee.  H.E. Alireza was also Chairman, Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce & Industry; Co-Chairman, National U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce; and Chairman, Commission for Industrial Cities & Technology Parks.

In his many years of experience, H.E. Alireza has worked closely with world-renowned academic institutions and nonprofit organizations in promoting education.  He initiated a development program for senior Saudi executives and government officials at Harvard University.

“His Excellency Alireza possesses substantial experience and valuable perspective through his years of service with the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and as a successful, visionary business executive,” said John M. Dionisio, AECOM chairman and chief executive officer.  “I am pleased that we will have the benefit of H.E.’s tremendous insights as part of the AECOM Global Advisory Board.  As we advance AECOM’s diversified global growth strategy, our advisory board members offer expert knowledge for issues at the intersection of global business operations and society at large, including humanitarian affairs, socially responsible business practices and sustainability.”

In addition to AECOM Global Advisory Board Chairman, Sir John Major, who also served as the U.K. Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer, members of the advisory board include:

  • Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, former Prime Minister of Singapore;
  • Mr. Deepak Parekh, Chairman of India-based Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited; and
  • Dr. Daniel Thorniley, President of Vienna-based DT-Global Business Consulting.



AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves.  AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural, and social environments.  A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 140 countries and had revenue of $8.2 billion during the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2012.  More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

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