Just days after Gulf Cryo signed-up the key sponsorship package at The Middle East Industrial Gases Conference 2011, the firm has gone to appoint a new CEO; Naji Skaf.

Skaf was nominated to the position thanks to his achievements and commitment to the company, according to Amer Huneidi, Chairman of Gulf Cryo.

In addition to the appointment, the company has also realigned itself with a board of directors leading operations and reporting directly to shareholders.

According to a press statement, the promotion was a natural choice given Skaf’s eight-year experience with the company. Huneidi added, “I nominated Naji Skaf to the position of CEO for Gulf Cryo due to his achievements during his tenure and continued commitment to the group’s objectives. He was key to some of the major initiatives implemented over recent years and has successfully led operations through both boom and recession times.”

Skaf’s career at Gulf Cryo began in 2005, when he was appointed General Manager of Gulf Cryo’s subsidiary, Arabian Gases. He then moved swiftly on to the role of Chief Operating Officer for Gulf Cryo in 2008, where he implemented several major initiatives to streamline and restructure the business. Indeed, he ratified the group’s presence in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iraq, as well as leading negotiations in the invitation of Investcorp to the shareholder structure.

Skaf commented on his appointment, “I am very appreciative of the board and the shareholders to entrust me with this responsibility. With over 600 employees across the group, we have great team spirit and highly skilled people who will help me drive the group forward. With sustainable growth our main priority, I am excited about leveraging the economic rebound, investing in improved infrastructure, investing in people and remaining a highly profitable group that our customers can trust to provide quality product and service.”