Saudi national oil giant appoints first woman to its board of directors

Saudi national oil giant Aramco said Sunday that five new members had been appointed to its board of directors, including the first woman in the firm’s history.

Lynn Laverty Elsenhans, 60, is the former head of US oil company Sunoco Inc. and has been director of oil services company Baker Hughes since July last year.

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She has served on the boards of several major oil firms.

Forbes ranked her 10th on its list of the world’s 100 most powerful women in 2009.

Other newly-appointed Aramco board members include Minister of Finance Mohammed al-Jadaan, while Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh was retained as the company’s chairman, state-owned Aramco said in a statement.

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