Mr. Franklin is the Chairman of Metin Mitchell & Company, leading independent executive search firm for Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East region. Prior to this, he worked for more than 14 years with The Olayan Group, where he last served as Chief Executive Officer. He joined Olayan in 2007 as Head of Investments and became the CEO in 2019. Mr. Franklin retired in April 2021 and he remains as a Member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Olayan Group. Mr. Franklin started his career with JP Morgan where he served for seventeen years and then joined Chase Manhattan Bank as Head of Investment Banking for oil and gas companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He was also a Partner at Ernst and Young. Mr. Franklin holds a BA (Hons) degree in history from Cambridge University.