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Susquehanna Students to Visit CEO Alumnus in Bahrain

Published on November 22, 2013

Alba BahrainTim Murray ’93, CEO of Aluminium Bahrain (Alba), marked his company’s new relationship with Susquehanna’s Sigmund Weis School of Business by sending the university Alba shirts and baseball caps. Dean of Sigmund Weis School of Business Marsha Kelliher, University President L. Jay Lemons, Vice President for University Relations Ron Cohen and Associate Professor of Accounting Jerry Habegger are sporting the gear, but the students visiting Alba in the spring are the true benefactors of Murray’s generosity.

He has invited the 26 students participating in the business school’s semester-long London program to the island country of Bahrain where Alba is located. There the students will tour the company, meet Alba executives and explore this small Middle Eastern country, located in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Saudi Arabia. The students will be accompanied by Kelliher and Habegger as well as Professor of Finance Ali Jaji-Moham Zadeh.

Alba is one of the top 10 aluminum smelters in the world and has won awards for safety, industrial excellence and environmental achievement. When the company was established in 1968, its goals included lessening Bahrain’s dependence on the oil industry and creating an industry that would lead to job and training opportunities for Bahrainis. Alba has succeeded and serves a model for other non-oil industries in Bahrain.

Before working for Alba, Murray worked with Atlantic Research Corp. (ARC) for almost a decade and served as chief financial officer of ARC Automotive. In 2006, he became interested in exploring other industries and applied for the position of general manager of finance and legal at Alba. In 2007, he accepted the position and moved to Bahrain. Since then, he has been promoted to the position of chief executive officer.

Alba’s work with the London program is not the only time Murray has given his time and service to Susquehanna’s business school. When business administration major Kirsten Detwiler ’11 undertook a summer internship in Bahrain, Murray and his wife, Shana Larkin ’94 Murray, served as mentors and helped her acclimate to the country. Murray also welcomed President Lemons and Alicia Jackson, former dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business, as visitors to Bahrain in 2009. Now, Murray extends a warm Bahraini welcome to more Susquehannans.

In addition to learning about a Bahraini business firsthand and experiencing Middle Eastern culture, students participating in the business school’s study abroad program will visit businesses in European countries such as the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany and France. Throughout the semester, they will cultivate a global perspective on business through the classes they take while living in London and through their exposure to international companies.

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