IPIC Takes Over Chairmanship of Gulf Energy Maritime

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
(L-R): Mr. Khalifa Abdulla Al Romaithi, new chairman of GEM; Mr. Saeed Abdulla Khoory; current chairman of GEM; and Mr. Ahmed AL Falahi, CEO of GEM.

Abu Dhabi Government-owned investment group, International Petroleum Investment Company’s (IPIC) Khalifa Abdulla Al Romaithi, Head of Portfolio Management Division, has taken over chairmanship of Gulf Energy Maritime PJSC (GEM),  from Saeed Abdulla Khoory, Chief Executive officer of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC).

Al Romaithi assumes GEM's top post in its Board of Directors, which rotates every three years between IPIC and ENOC. Khoory remains a board member of GEM and will at the same time focus on his increasing role at ENOC.

Upon assumption of his new role, Al Romaithi will oversee strategies required for GEM to build upon nine years of continued growth. His appointment is significant as GEM continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of the industry, which allows it to increase its capacity and capability to deliver to customers such high quality services. His experience at IPIC aims to further elevate GEM’s standing as one of the leading product tanker operators in the world.

Al Romaithi started his career as an Assistant Investment Manager at IPIC in June 2003. In 2006, he represented IPIC on the Board of Directors of Oman Polypropylene Company, and in 2007 was appointed to the Board of Directors of listed Japanese refiner, Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd. (Cosmo”. During the same year, he became a member of Cosmo’s Strategic Steering Committee and CSR Promotion Committee.

In 2008, Al Romaithi was appointed to the Board of Directors of a Kazakhstan joint venture private equity fund, Al Falah Growth Fund, and in 2009, he was appointed to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Qatar Abu Dhabi Investment Company (QADIC). Prior taking over as Chairman of the Board of Directors of GEM, Al Romaithi has been a Member of its Board of Directors since 2010.


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