Saudis Replace Aramco Chair With Wealth Fund Boss Before IPO

Photographer: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg Saudi Arabia removed Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih from his position as Chairman of Saudi Aramco, the second time his role has been scaled back in less than a week, as the government prepares to sell shares in the state-owned oil company. Al-Falih will be replaced by Yasir Al-Rumayyan, head of the sovereign wealth fund, according to a Tweet from Al-Falih’s account. The appointment of Al-Rumayyan, already an Aramco board member and a key adviser to powerful Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, will seperate the Ministry of Energy from Aramco and avoid conflicts of interest as the company prepares for the upcoming initial public offering, according to a source familiar with the thinking behind the decision. Yasir Al-Rumayyan …