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Shell Malaysia appoints Ivan Tan as new country chairman

Shell Malaysia appoints Ivan Tan as new country chairman
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Shell Malaysia appointed Ivan Tan as the new country chairman of Shell Malaysia, effective April 1, 2021. Tan will succeed Datuk Iain Lo, who will retire from Shell having served as chairman of Shell Malaysia for eight years and after a distinguished career at Shell for 30 years. As chairman of Shell Malaysia, Tan will oversee all Shell Malaysia businesses, in addition to his current role as senior vice president and managing director for the Upstream business in Malaysia. 

Tan, a Sarawakian, began his career with Shell in 2001 in Miri, a coastal city in northeastern Sarawak, Malaysia, located near the border of Brunei, on the island of Borneo. His early career consisted of several Wells, Contracting and Procurement and HSE assignments in Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and China. In 2016, Tan led the technical integration of the Shell and British Gas businesses in Australia, before being appointed chief operating officer for Arrow Energy, one of Shell’s joint ventures in the country. He was responsible for the end-to-end delivery of capacity development, projects, wells, asset management and energy markets for Arrow’s business in the natural gas industry. He was also the co-chair and president of Queensland Natural Gas Exploration and the Production Industry Safety Forum.

Tan returned to Malaysia in February 2020 to take up his current role in the Upstream business. Tan has led the ongoing transformation of the Upstream Business in Malaysia to become more streamlined and competitive, in order to thrive through the energy transition. Tan holds a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and an MBA from Manchester Business School.

“We would like to thank Datuk Iain for his leadership, experience and commitment over his distinguished career with Shell. We welcome Ivan into the role of country chairman for Malaysia. Ivan is known for his strong business acumen and track record in safety and operational leadership, and I am confident that he will drive further opportunities in Malaysia in line with our global strategy and to support Malaysia with its energy transition,” said Wael Sawan, Royal Dutch Shell Upstream director.

Shell is a global leader in power, energy, and gas technology and is working to meet increasing energy demand and supply challenges by delivering smarter products and cleaner energy, infrastructure, and by developing new energy sources while addressing the impact on the environment. Malaysia is one of Shell’s heartlands. The history of Royal Dutch Shell in Malaysia started more than 125 years ago in Miri, Sarawak. Shell currently has a strong market presence in the upstream and downstream sector in Malaysia.