SABIC brings global board meeting to Teesside

International petrochemical company SABIC has chosen Rockliffe Hall, near Darlington, for its global board meeting.

SABIC’S executive vice-president Yousef Al Zamel with piper Jim Hall before dinner at Rockliffe Hall
SABIC’S executive vice-president Yousef Al Zamel with piper Jim Hall before dinner at Rockliffe Hall

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) chief executive and vice-chairman Mohamed Al-Mady joined 15 representatives of the company’s executive vice president leadership team for the three-day event.

In addition to the global board meeting, the visit included an event at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and a gala dinner at Rockliffe Hall, which included guests from the UK SABIC office.

SABIC’s UK site director Mark Williams said: "As we were hosting a visit from our CEO and vice-chairman Mohamed Al-Mady and the executive vice presidents from Saudi Arabia, it was an extremely important occasion for us and vital that we got the tone absolutely right. Rockliffe Hall enabled us to achieve that target."

The delegates also met Mayor Ray Mallon, as well as local MPs, Teesside University representatives, Tess Valley Unlimited and the North East Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to the international conference visit last month (November), the team at Rockliffe Hall undertook specialist training on specific cultural etiquette expected to be extended to visitors from Saudi Arabia.

Rockliffe Hall sales and marketing director Wendy Benson said: "It has been a positive learning curve for our team on dealing with a different culture. We have had a glowing thank you letter and are delighted that our visitors were so impressed."

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