Dubai: Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) Board yesterday appointed Saeed Abdullah Khoury as its chief executive officer effective from December 1.

Khoury takes over from Hussain Sultan, who retires as group chief executive of Enoc, a position he held for 35 years since the group's start-up.

Ahmad Humaid Al Tayer, Enoc's vice-chairman, said: "With 28 years' experience in Adnoc, Khoury is an expert in both upstream and downstream activities in the Emirates and is well placed to be a strategic implementer for Enoc's growth."

Khoury said: "We will continue to focus our activities to remain an important player in the local and international energy industry." He added: "Enoc already operates many international businesses, which will be a major focus of our growth in the future, and will help to extend our excellent brand vision across the world."

With a strong industry background, Khoury has been responsible for several industry achievements and is set to spearhead the future growth of the leading oil and gas company.