Zuhair A. Al-Hussain, SPE, retired from Saudi Aramco as vice president of southern area oil operations. He joined Saudi Aramco as a petroleum engineer in 1978 and held positions of increasing responsibilities over his 38 years of service with the company, including vice president of drilling and workover. Under Al-Hussain, the drilling program expanded from 25 rigs in 1996 to more than 200. The company’s drilling and workover division has the highest percentage of Saudis manning service companies’ and drilling contractors’ rigs. He pioneered the use of local sand and seawater for gas well fracturing operations.