New partner for Renault team 13 May 2010
Renault announced on Thursday that Tarek E. Obaid will become a partner of the team. Obaid is the cofounder, co-partner and CEO of PetroSaudi International, a private oil and gas company, based in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. It follows Genii Capital's purchase of a majority stake in the team last December.
"It is a true privilege to announce that my long-standing business associate and good friend Tarek Obaid will be joining the Renault F1 Team, said Renault team chairman and Genii board member Gerard Lopez. Tarek brings a unique global perspective to our business as we solidify our operating model and begin an ambitious development programme.
"Tarek's vast experience in identifying and executing successful strategic investment opportunities will be crucial as we expand the Renault F1 Team brand name, especially in the Middle East. This tie-up also further strengthens the collaboration between the French and Saudi private sectors."
Obaid added: "I am excited to join such a talented group with grand ideas and projects. Gerard is recognized as a global financial leader and creative innovator; I am happy to team up with him. I plan to be associated with the Renault F1 Team for many years to come as we pool our efforts and resources to return this proud symbol of French industry to the forefront of Formula One."
Obaid has a BS in International Relations from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He is also a founder and investor in a series of companies, including a number of co-investments with Genii Capital, and is fluent in Arabic, English and French.