Michael Reininger is at the helm of Qiddiya Investment Company as the Chief Executive Officer, having left his position as Executive Director of Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) for the opportunity to join this once-in-a-lifetime project. He was also President and Chief Development Officer for Brightline, which created the first private sector intercity express passenger rail system in the United States in over a century. No stranger to big entertainment and leisure projects, he previously led the development of several major new businesses during a 12-year tenure with subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company, including Disneyland Paris Resort, Disney Cruise Line, and Disney Vacation Club, which he initiated. He has also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer for AECOM and Senior Vice President for the largest landowner and developer in the State of Florida – the St. Joe Company.
Chief Administration OfficerAbdulaziz Ahmed Al-Remaihi
Having worked in Human Resources (HR) for more than 24 years, Abdulaziz Ahmed Al-Remaihi is leading Qiddiya’s recruitment and talent management strategy, so that we can find the best people to grow our team and bring this unique project to life. Before joining Qiddiya, Abdulaziz spent 11 years at Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City in Riyadh as Director of the Human Resources Department. He has also held HR roles at Prince Sultan Military Medical City, Alawwal Bank and GlobeMed Saudi, a leading healthcare benefits management company.
President – Automotive & MotorsportsAndrew Mallery
Automotive expert, Andrew Mallery, has worked in the fast lane for the past 15 years. He has a proven track record of success across customer-centric roles including overall responsibility for the commercial strategy and operation of Mercedes-Benz World, set within the historic Brooklands racing circuit in the UK, transforming this unique brand experience center into a world-leading experiential destination venue, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Car Marketing, and Training & Development of the Mercedes-Benz Retailer Network. With his extensive sporting venue experience, Andrew was also instrumental to the much publicized Master Redevelopment Plan for Silverstone Circuit, to secure the long-term contract for the F1 British Grand Prix. He was also a trustee board member at the Brooklands Motorsport & Aviation Museum in the UK. Andrew, a former black belt Karate instructor, avid cyclist and runner – who loves to take part in marathons! – is here to set the foundation for automotive and motorsports at Qiddiya.
President, Parks & AttractionsDon Potts
Don Potts has lived and breathed destination resorts and the entertainment industry for the last 30 years, with his work taking him to China, Kazakhstan and the US. He has a proven track record of creating and leading broad scale initiatives in organisational design, change leadership and operational programme development. Potts possesses a special skill for assessing and resolving complex business issues while achieving superior financial results. Over his three decades of employment he has worked for several companies including Universal Studios (USA), Riverside Investment Group (China), USA Expo 2017 (Kazakhstan), Picsolve International Limited (USA), and Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort (USA). When he’s not working he spends time playing golf, cycling and skiing! Don Potts brings unparalleled business acumen and a results-driven approach to Qiddiya to ensure it becomes one of the world’s leading hospitality destinations.
Chief of StaffFaisal Almoither
Faisal manages executive operations, finance, and program management for the CEO where he believes in taking responsibility and achieving results. Faisal started his career at the General Organization for Social Insurance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and held several senior positions there including the Director of Registration and Contributions, which includes supervising 22 branch offices throughout the Kingdom. He also headed the Program Department for the Labor and Social Development Sector at ELM and received his education at many of the world's best universities. He holds an MBA from the University of Eastern Michigan and also studied at Harvard and Stanford Universities.
Chief Development OfficerKareem Shamma
Kareem Shamma is a real estate and construction expert with over 35 years of experience in the industry, primarily in the GCC. He possesses a special flair for managing and driving challenging and iconic projects, all the way from drawing board to reality. Shamma has been at the helm of key projects in hospitality, leisure and mixed-use real estate development. With a Masters degree in Structural Engineering from Imperial College, London, his technical experience began with projects covering bridges & highways, dredging & reclamation and geotechnical engineering, working for many years with global consultants Dar Al Handasah. He moved on to Project Management, honing his commercial and development skills on such iconic projects as Amwaj Islands in Bahrain, and has in recent years held top posts with key real estate developers including the Al Futtaim Group in the UAE. His skill set is as impressive and extensive as his career trajectory. Fluent in Arabic and English, he is a problem solver with a deep understanding of cultural norms and values, having started his career in Saudi Arabia over 30 years ago, working on Riyadh’s ring road network. Now he is back in the Kingdom as the CDO of Qiddiya, mandated to deliver, along with the rest of the development team, this capital of entertainment, sports and the arts.
General CounselKhalid AlAseeri
As Qiddiya’s legal expert, Khalid ensures that Qiddiya navigates safely through laws and regulations it is exposed to. Prior to Qiddiya, Khalid served as General Counsel at Almarai the region’s largest food and beverage company, and the National Center for Performance Measurement, Adaa, where he had a front row seat at the unveiling of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. As one of the few Saudis who has obtained a Juris Doctorate, passed the bar exam and is licensed to practice law in the US, Khalid has been in demand. Over the last 15 years, he has held positions in some of the world’s top organizations including Saudi Aramco, Bechtel, and White & Case. In addition to legal roles, Khalid also has also been involved in theatrical roles, where he acted and co-wrote productions between Ithra and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.
Executive Director, Marketing and Corporate CommunicationsWadi Abiani
A global marketing strategist who has worked in Europe and the Middle East for over 20 years, Wadi Abiani is experienced in corporate planning, regional and international market development, and strategic channel management. Wadi has held senior positions at Oracle Corp., the Government of the UAE, Dubai International Financial Centre, MASDAR and Abu Dhabi Ports Company. Most recently he was Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Communications at Dubai South. Wadi has also been Chairman of Art Dubai, one of the top five art fairs in the world.
Executive Director StrategyWilliam (Bill) J. Barbino
Bill Barbino is all about getting things done. With a background in business development and finance, he possesses strong quantitative financial, operational and strategy development skills with a proven track record of achieving results. Bill joins Qiddiya from Washlava, a mobile payments platform company he co-founded that focused on the self-service laundromat industry. With an MBA from New York University and over 20 years of experience working on Wall Street and LaSalle Street, he is ready to bring his leadership skills to the strategy group to design and articulate enterprise-level business cases for new initiatives, programmes, and processes in terms of their value and how they impact the whole business.