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Susquehanna Students Visit Alumnus and CEO of Bahrain Company

Published on April 29, 2014

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Susquehanna University students tour the facility with Alba CEO Tim Murray.Susquehanna University students in the Sigmund Weis School of Business’ London Program recently visited Bahrain to meet with Susquehanna alumnus Tim Murray, chief executive officer of Aluminium Bahrain (Alba). The group, comprising 24 students, along with Marsha Kelliher, dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business; Jerry Habegger, associate professor of accounting; and Ali Haji-Mohamad Zadeh, professor of finance and chair of the management department, toured Bahrain for five days in April.

The group got exclusive access to all of Alba’s facilities and spent extensive time with Murray, a 1993 Susquehanna graduate who joined Alba in 2007. Since then he has worked to broaden the profile of Bahrain among students and faculty at Susquehanna.

A small island country off the coast of Saudi Arabia approximately 3.5 times the size of Washington, D.C., Bahrain has gotten away from oil producing and moved toward being a global banking center. The goal of this trip was to introduce business majors to the growing potential of the country. The students left London, where they were living and studying during spring semester, to globe-hop to the Middle East.

“They would have never gotten to spend the amount of quality time with a CEO of a company in any other context,” said Kelliher. “Tim was extremely generous with his time and his insights. He even ended up going to the training information sessions.” She added that this opportunity will also be repeated for students taking part in the London Program in the 2014-15 academic year.

Alba has played a large part in helping develop diversity in Bahrain’s economy. It has been consistently ranked as one of the largest aluminium smelters in the world and is known for its technological strength and high-quality aluminium. Aluminium is Bahrain’s second largest export after oil. As part of their time with Alba, Susquehanna’s students met with managers and learned more about Alba’s global reach and future.

“Alba places great value on sharing its knowledge and expertise with students as they are the future leaders,” Murray said in a release. “This visit provided many new insights for the students and we hope that they will always remember their visit and take back the positive message about life in Bahrain.”

Over their five-day visit, the students were given a full tour of all Alba operations and briefed about Alba's state-of-the art production processes as well as safety precautions and the environment values of the company. They also visited the downstream aluminium companies as well as numerous tourist destinations in Bahrain.

“It was an incredible experience,” said Kelly Marinaccio, a junior from Upper Saddle River, N.J., who went on the trip. “We had all these preconceived notions about the Middle East, but once we got there, it was nothing like we expected. Tim Murray and his staff were all welcoming and excited for us to be there, and they had an incredible program set up for us.”

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