2011 - Present, Mr Jones was appointed by senior management to serve as Manager of Business Development (for major commercial projects) at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST). He leads the effort to develop and implement business opportunities that attract investors, generate long-term revenue, support capital/operation requirements and lessen dependence on endowment. KAUST is a multi-billion endowed international co-ed graduate science and research university.
During the period of 2008 thru 2010 , Mr. Jones was the Senior Advisor to the President of the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation -CRDF and continues (to the present time) to provide expert advice to CRDF through consulting service to support efforts to initiate and coordinate international Science & Technology (S & T) programs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.CRDF is a nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress and established in 1995 by the National Science Foundation. This unique public-private partnership promotes international scientific and technical collaboration, in over 30 countries, through grants, technical resources, and training andMr. Jones led CRDF’s global business developmentand international scientific and technical partnerships with foreign governments, corporations and institutions worldwide; contributed to CRDF global strategic plan;established important international institutional relationships for CRDF with the leadership in foreign governments, and the private sector; developed and pursued new business opportunities for CRDF in foreign countries with institutions associated with building knowledge based societies/economies and solutions to address complex global challenges in health, energy, agriculture, security, and human capitaldevelopment; increased the company’s brand awareness, value and equity in the Gulf; layed the groundwork for exploring possible areas of cooperation for CRDF’s programs; provide expert advice to non proliferation (NP) staff responsible for developing and implementing civilian nuclear program initiatives; worked to creatively establish innovative industrial and service projects (that promote social and economic development), between CRDF and foreign governments/institutions, to “Offset” part of the foreign government's expenditure on large U.S. (multi-billion dollar) procurement contract.
Mr. Jones was formerly the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & HR Executive Director of General Motors (GM) largest dealer in the Middle East, and one of the largest in the world (AAC), during 2006-2007.AAC provides comprehensive servicing and maintenance for its range of GM vehicles, together with exclusive facilities for its Premium Brand customers of Cadillac, Hummer and Saab vehicles, including AC Delco national networks. Reporting to the Vice Chairman& CEO, Mr. Jones served as Chairman of the company's Executive Management Steering Committee for the Vice Chairman & CEO. He managed a budget of $370 Million USD associated with assets in excess of $1.5 billion USD, 6 regional direct finance manager,and a financial organization comprised of 85 regional financial professionals.
He also provided functional Human Resource Management over a workforce of 3,000 plus employees, with 6 regional direct Human Resource Managers, and a Human Resource & Administrative organization comprised of 100 plus administrative and human resource professionals; he led the development of the company’s Human Resource Annual Operating Plan and related HR Action Plan. Mr. Jones, also, oversaw the improvement of General Motors Dealer Operating Report (DOR). Developed the company's national (strategic) Annual Operating Plan (AOP), approved by the board of directors, covering sales & marketing, operations, organization capability and financials. Set the company’s first corporate wide key performance indicators (KPI) relating to its performance in sales, operations, organization capability and financials; established the company's vision and goals and key strategic priorities. Led the development of the company first corporate wide Action Plan and related Plan for Implementation. Prepared the company's Five Year Strategic Plan required by GM. Led the development of the company top 7 objectives. Finalized the company’s Authority Matrix, for CEO and board approval.