Dr. Akram Aburas, the CEO of Advanced Communications Electronics Systems (ACES) believes that KSA’s telecommunications market in all its varied forms is one of the most advanced in the world. That only goes some way to explaining the desire of its numerous international partners to team up with his company.
The 44-year old Aburas heads an organization achieving scale through mastery of an array of different types of telecommunication and infrastructure services. Their work is in fields as diverse as information centers, wireless networks, security systems, fiber optic networks and programs for wind and solar energy. With over 1,000 employees and an annual turnover in excess of $65 million, the company has risen to become the leading telecommunication contracting company in Saudi Arabia.
There are a number of potential areas for growth which Aburas identifies, among them what he calls mission critical communications infrastructure, railways and airports. Aburas argues that it would be unwise to limit the company’s ambitions by sticking to the Saudi market, and given the expertise and experience of its growing workforce, it seems inevitable that ACES will look to branch out into the rest of the Gulf States as well as North Africa and the wider Middle East.
The company does not hesitate to participate in international seminars when the opportunity arises, helping its staff and industry partners to become familiar with global developments, while raising the company’s profile. Despite being in an industry traditionally in thrall to long experience, as one of the cohort of younger business leaders in the region it is not too surprising to hear Aburas speak about the company’s attitude to social and environmental responsibility. He says that as the company goes forward it will look to remain successful while focusing on the environmental, social and economic growth of the region.