As CEO of Olayan Financing Company - a Riyadh-based subsidiary of the Olayan Group - Lubna Olayan is responsible for the Group's business and investments in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. She was made a member of the board of WPP in Decemeber 2005. In December 2004, she was elected to the Board of Saudi Hollandi Bank, the first woman to be elected to the board of a Saudi listed company. From 1996 through 2004, she served on the board of Chelsfield, the UK property developer. Ms Olayan is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations, which she joined in November and December of 2005 respectively .
She is a member of INSEAD's International Council and a trustee of the Arab Thought Foundation. She is also a member on the Arab Business Council and the Women's Leadership Initiative of the World Economic Forum (ibid.).