Patrick Carmichael


Patrick Carmichael is a results-oriented HR executive with extensive international experience developing the professional, management and executive talent of global corporations. Prior to his retirement from the oil and gas industry in 2010, Patrick spent 15 years at Saudi Aramco providing insight and leadership to human resource functions in four business lines of the world’s largest energy producer.

Following a six-year term as the business line talent manager for the organization’s downstream business, he joined the company’s Employee Relations & Training Management team. Here, he oversaw the development and implementation of major HR projects to support the company’s business and strategic goals.

Prior to Saudi Aramco, he was the Manager of Training and Organizational Development for Aramco Services Company in Houston, Texas. There, he co-designed and facilitated the company’s first process redesign efforts, as well as their first action-learning programs. Patrick also worked in the shipbuilding industry, aerospace and education. While a faculty member at San Diego State University, he was also responsible for international training and development projects. His focus became long-term corporate human resource development and to this end, he worked closely with the Colleges of Business, Engineering and Education in designing large-scale HR projects for clients such as Aramco, Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), Kuwait University, Sonotrach, S&S, Pemex, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., Nissan and Mitsubishi, to name a few.

Carmichael serves as Vice President at the Best Practice Institute, and he is an advisory council member of The Institute for Management Studies. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at San Diego State, as well as management and executive programs at Southern Methodist University, London Business School and the Center for Creative Leadership.