PDO Day focusses on staying lean

MUSCAT: PDO Day was celebrated on Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’s visit to the company’s headquarters in Muscat. All former PDO employees, feature in a new alumni book which was launched at the event titled “The Excellence Academy” and charts their individual career success stories. Attendees included Dr Mohammed bin Hamed al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas, and Chairman of the PDO Board, who started his career as a PD0 trainee, Mohammed bin Salim al Tobi, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs, who worked in finance, administration and health, safety and environment at the Company and Dr Ali bin Saud al Bimani, Vice-Chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University, who joined PDO in 1980 as a petroleum engineer.

The overall theme for the day was Lean, a continuous business improvement technique implemented by PDO to improve efficiency, cut waste and create more value for all its stakeholders.

The guests were escorted around the Company’s Bait Mina al Fahal (BMF) headquarters in Mina al Fahal, given presentations on Lean and shown examples of best practice where PDO has been able to realise millions of rials in savings and incremental value.

327196PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci thanked the distinguished visitors and said he hoped they might be able to learn from the Company’s Lean journey and apply similar measures in their own organisations.

“We were delighted to welcome back some of the shining stars of Oman, who laid the foundations for their successful careers at PDO, to celebraate our annual PDO Day in honour of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos. “Over the years, the company has built a reputation as the seedbed for some of the country’s brightest and best, educating, training and developing exceptional individuals who have progressed to become government ministers, under secretaries, members of the State Council, company chief executive officers or heads of non-governmental organisations.

“In turn, these outstanding leaders remain part of PDO’s family and help and challenge us to continuously raise our performance and standards while offering us unswerving support and guidance.”

Restucci said: “In a tough economic climate, it is incumbent on all of us to concertedly address more effective ways of working, and Lean is an excellent way of operating more efficiently and creating more value across every facet in our business.

We have now reached a tipping point in PDO where it is transforming the way we do things by removing bureaucracy and empowering staff to think and work smarter.“Simply put, it’s about ‘doing more with less.’”

The company also marked the occasion of PDO Day with the online launch of a goodwill book enabling thousands of its staff to write messages of support and appreciation to His Majesty, which will be presented to His Majesty later.

SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER

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