Saleh Ali Al-Turki served as President and Chairman of Nesma Holding, a company he founded in 1979, until his appointment as Mayor of Jeddah in July 2018, under the leadership of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. In addition to growing the company from its first project in the field of operation & maintenance to the diversified holding company it is today, he has also over the decades served the Saudi business community and held trusted positions in social welfare and education. Notably, he served as the Chairman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce, the Chairman of Al-Birr Society for Orphans, and the Chairman of Tarahom Society for prisoners' welfare.

In other business roles, Al-Turki was Chairman of Jeddah Holding Company and Saudi Foras Investment Company, as well as a Director of the Board for Arab Poultry Breeders Company (Ommat) and ReAya Holding. He also sat on the Coutts Middle East Advisory Board.

In the education field, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Prince Muqrin in Medina and Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah. He was also a member of the Advisory Board of Effat University. Additionally, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Business and Technology (UBT) and the Advisory Board of the Saudi Research Science Institute (SRSI) at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST).

In 2010, he was appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Austria. In 2011, the Saudi Ministry of Social Affairs honored him as one of the most important supporters of social work. He is also a recipient of the King Salman Award for the Support of Young Entrepreneurs and the Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Award for Service of Charitable Activities.

Mr. Al-Turki has a BA in Public Administration from the American University of Beirut and an MA in Public Administration from California State University. He lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.