Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi (born 1935) is the Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. Al-Naimi joined Saudi Aramco as a young man and was educated in the United States at Lehigh University under the company's educational program. He later earned his Master's Degree in Geology at Stanford University. After joining Aramco in 1947 and began climbing up the managerial ladder, becoming the Supervisor for the Abqaiq Production Department in 1969. He was then promoted to Assistant Director, then Director of Production in the Northern Province in 1972. He then became Vice-President of Production Affairs in 1975, then Vice-President of Petroleum Affairs in 1978. Al Naimi was elected Member of Board of Directors in 1980 and was promoted to the newly created position of Executive Vice-President of Oil and Gas Affairs in 1981 overseeing all of Saudi Aramco's core business. He was named President of Saudi Aramco in 1983 and was the first Saudi to hold that position. Later, after combining the presidency and chief executive position, he was named President and Chief Executive Officer. He became the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources in 1995 and still holds that position.
Ali I. Al-Naimi is a very highly respected head of the oil services of the country due to his wide experience within the industry.
In 1995, as a result of his distinguished service at Aramco, Al-Naimi was appointed to the prestigious position of Saudi Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. Al-Naimi was succeeded by Abdullah S. Jum'ah as a President and CEO of Aramco. Al-Naimi remains the Chairman of the company until today.