Over the course of his lifetime he demonstrated a lifelong commitment to promoting economic development in Saudi Arabia. As an early innovator, he established a joint venture with Procter & Gamble to build manufacturing facilities in the Kingdom, and throughout his career vigorously championed the growth of diversified commerce in Saudi Arabia.
Sheikh Ismail has been recognized repeatedly by the Saudi business community for his leadership, fairness and dedication. He served as President of the Saudi Council of Chambers of Commerce, held the position of President of the Arab Chamber of Commerce, was honored as lifetime President of the Islamic Chamber of Commerce and served for over 30 years as the President of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, retaining the title of Honorary Chairman until his death.
His presence is still strongly felt at Abudawood and his life remains a role model for his family and the other management of our company.