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Security company Northrop Grumman appoints new CEO for Saudi division

Walid Abukhaled will be in charge of leading the security company’s operations in the kingdom

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U.S. security company Northrop Grumman - which claims to be the world‘s fourth largest defense contractor as of 2010 - has appointed Saudi national Walid Abukhaled as the CEO of its Saudi branch, according to the firm's official website.

"Northrop Grumman has a long history of partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said David Perry, Northrop Grumman's corporate vice president.

"Walid brings experience of growing capabilities in a multinational industry environment and extensive knowledge of Saudi Arabian and Middle East affairs that will enable us to build on this important relationship,” he added.

In his new position, Abukhaled will be in charge of leading the security company’s operations in the kingdom.

Abukhaled who was the deputy minister for industrial affairs at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh will also be providing strategic support to the company’s Middle East business activities.

He has also served as the president and CEO of General Electric‘s Saudi Arabia and Bahrain branches.