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Ziyad Abduljawad

President & CEO

PLC Communities

Newport Beach, CA, USA

Ziyad Abduljawad
H.E. Sheikh Yousef Abdullah Al-Sabah
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Ziyad Abduljawad’s Biography

Ziyad Abduljawad is the President & CEO of PLC Communities, a diversified real estate development company with headquarters in Newport Beach, California. Since the formation of PLC in 1994 and the acquisition of Chevron’s California residential portfolio, Ziyad has been the driving force of the company’s growth. This has resulted in PLC’s standing as a leading land developer, home builder, developer and operator of multi-family properties in the western United States.

Ziyad is an esteemed board member of several companies, each serving a distinct sector. He sits on the boards of Universal Motor Agencies (UMA) and Saudi Diesel Equipment Company (SDEC). With over 70 years of experience, UMA is one of the oldest and most prestigious General Motors dealerships in the Middle East. Established in 1978, SDEC is a pioneer in the diesel generators industry and provides the highest quality of machinery equipment.

With a passion for show jumping, Ziyad was at the forefront of the formation of the Saudi Equestrian Federation. As a leader, Ziyad is synonymous with two of the Kingdom’s most historic equestrian sporting achievements: winning the individual silver medal in the 2010 World Equestrian Games and securing the equestrian team bronze medal in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

With a view to supporting Muslim students in the US, Ziyad established the S.A. Enlightenment Foundation at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy in 2007. The scholarship provides financial support to qualified students from predominantly Muslim countries, and to students participating in a summer fellowship in an Islamic country.

Ziyad was educated at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

Ziyad’s Background

PLC Communities
President & CEO
1996 - Present
Newport Beach, CA, USA
PLC Communities is a property development company with a significant market share in the Californian real estate marketplace.

Other Business Interests

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Saudi Equestrian
Managing Director
Riyadh, SA
Ziyad played a major role in establishing the Saudi Equestrian Program.

Current Board Positions

Universal Motor Agencies (UMA)
Board Member
Jeddah, SA
Established in 1949, the Universal Motors Agencies (UMA) is one of the most prestigious general motor dealerships in the Middle East. UMA is also one of the oldest dealerships in the Middle East and is a main distributor of GM cars in the Central, Eastern, Western & Southern Province of the Kingdom.
Saudi Diesel Equipment Co Ltd
Board Member
Al Khobar, SA
Saudi Diesel Equipment Company is a leader in the diesel generators industry. The company portfolio includes construction equipment, parts and attachments as well as the rental of equipment.
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S.A. Enlightenment Foundation
Founder & Director
Newport Beach, CA, USA
The S.A. Enlightenment Foundation is a non-profit educational organization that provides scholarships, student financial aid services and awards to Muslim students in the US.


Horse Sport
Q&A with Ziyad Abduljawad, Managing Director, Saudi Equestrian
Aug 2013
In an article with Horse Sport, Ziyad Abduljawad discusses how the idea and inspiration of pursuing show jumping came to him as well as his views on the history or horses.

Ziyad’s Education