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Interview: Sonatrach's CEO aims to 'shake trees'

Head of Algerian firm aims to reorganise it from the ground up

Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour is intently relating the internal reforms he's launched since taking charge of Algerian national oil company Sonatrach last year, but even after explaining multi-billion-dollar initiatives, an even more focused gaze is apparent when he's discussing the impact on employee morale. "I am so excited about our workers' morale, because I know they are feeling more motivated than ever by the changes," he says. "This is the most important result for me." The glint in the unassuming US-trained engineer's eye when discussing the mood among his 40,000 employees recalls more the trailblazing spirit Sonatrach's founders exhibited when forging its post-colonial emergence, than t

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