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Haithem Alfaraj

Group Chief Technology Officer - stc

Engineer Haithem M. Alfaraj currently serves as the Group Chief of Technology Officer. Mr. Alfaraj leads stc's development, operation, and telecom infrastructure innovation, including Analytics & IT Platform & Solutions and Cyber Security Infrastructure. He overlooks exploring emerging technologies, assesses their application to the company's business, and recommends new strategies and solutions. He is also responsible for the company's industry standards engagements and technical community programs.

Previously at stc, Haithem served as Vice President of the Operation Sector where he leads challenging transformation programs that excelled technical operational performance of stc’s communication services.

Haithem joined stc in 2016 from Etihad Etisalat, Mobily Company, where he was Chief Technology Operations Officer. He spent 11 years with Mobily in leadership positions for infrastructure and service management operations. Before that, he worked at Saudi Aramco for four years.

He is holding Bachelor's in Computer Engineering from King Fahad University in Dhahran and enrolled in multiple executive leadership programs from Harvard Business School, INSEAD, plus other institutes and continues his master's in Hult International Business School.

Haithem is a board member of C4IR KSA, Vice Chairman of the board of Tawal & Solutions by stc, & Chairman of the board of stc Cyber Security Company (sirar).

Mr. Alfaraj is an experienced technology executive who possesses extensive technical knowledge supported by a well-rounded business foundation. His strong leadership skills, relationship management abilities, and ambition to create value through a transformation help him execute many successful transformation projects around people, processes, culture, and technology.