|Royal Air Maroc, chairman CEO|
15 February 2006 – 2 February 2016
|Preceded by||Mohamed Berrada|
|Born||28 May 1954|
Benhima joined Office Cherifien des Phosphates (OCP), Moroccan state-owned phosphate world leader, as a junior field engineer in Khouribga. After the first 6 years he spent there, he became Mining Facilities Manager. He was appointed in 1990 CEO of Casablanca-based Société Marocaine d'Oxygène et d'Acétylène, Moroccan subsidiary of Air Liquide group, world leader in industrial gases. On 19 March 1994, he was appointed CEO of Office National de l'Electricité (ONE), Morocco's national power authority. He has notably tackled the issue of insufficient access to electricity in rural communities. The global rural electrification program's objective was to generalize access before 2010. His successor Ahmed Nakkouch pushed further the initiative: the program is due to reach its target in 2007. During his CEO mandate, he has been a member of the transition government led by Dr. Abdellatif Filali (between August 1997 and March 1998) in preparation of the Alternance, the Socialist Union of Popular Forces and socialist Abderrahmane Youssoufi coming to power. Benhima was then Minister of Transport, Energy, Tourism, Mining and Merchant Navy. From July 2001 to 26 March 2003, Mr Benhima assumed the office of Governor of the Wilaya of Great Casablanca. He was appointed Director of the Agency for the Promotion and the Economic and Social Development of the Northern Prefectures and Provinces of the Moroccan Kingdom (APDN) in March 2004.
He was appointed to the position of Royal Air Maroc's CEO by King Mohammed VI on 15 February 2006. In 2016 and after a decision of King Mohammed VI in the Council of Ministers, Benhima will be replaced by Hmido Adou, who served as president of the Moroccan National Office of Tourism until 2013.
After secondary studies at Lycée Descartes (French-system college) in Rabat, he obtained a scientific baccalauréat in 1971. He then joined Lycée Sainte-Geneviève in Versailles where he successfully prepared engineering schools entry exams.
Benhima was born on 28 May 1954.
He was honoured with the Moroccan Order of the Throne (Commander).
Mr Benhima has launched a cinema club during his time in Khouribga and wrote film interpretation essays. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Marrakech International Film Festival Foundation.
He is the president of Hawd Asfi, Safi-based non-profit organization (حوض ٱسفي).
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- Sa Majesté le Roi reçoit Son Altesse Royale le Prince Al Walid Ibn Talal Ibn Abdelaziz Al Saoud et le PDG de la RAM, Le Matin du Sahara, November, 9th 2011
- « Les 50 personnalités qui font le Maroc : Driss Benhima. 55 ans, PDG de Royal Air Maroc », Jeune Afrique, nb.2545–2546, du 18 au 31 octobre 2009, p. 41
- Benhima, president of École Polytechnique alumni community in Morocco
- on YouTube
- Allal-El-Alaoui's blog "Cinephilia of an engineer called Driss Benhima"