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The Top Five CEOs In Malaysia?s Oil And Gas Industry


The world is swamped with oil and gas giants such as Shell, Exxon Mobil, Murphy Oil, and so many others.

BUT not to be outdone are Malaysian-owned oil and gas companies which have done the country proud to propel the sector and the nation?s name onto the global platform to become renowned players in their own right.

Here are the country?s top five CEOs helming the country?s oil and gas industry to greater heights.

Petronas ? Tan Sri Wan Zukiflee Wan Ariffin

The name Petronas needs no introduction and at the steering wheel is its president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin.

A state-owned firm, Petronas or Petroliam Nasional Berhad is the only Malaysian outfit listed in the Fortune Global 500.

A rank and file man, Wan Zulkiflee took over Petronas in 2015 from Tan Sri Shamsul Azhar Abbas. It was a challenging time for Wan Zulkiflee because at the time, crude oil prices crashed for the first time ever at below the US$100 per barrel level dipping as low as US$30 per barrel.

But Wan Zulkiflee is known for his astuteness and due to his determination, Petronas successfully rode over the storm. Now Petronas is flying high and Wan Zulkiflee continues with its legacy which is to diversify overseas.

Just last week, Petronas announced that it was looking to the Americas to increase oil reserves from Canada to Brazil to diversify its earnings base which will trickle back to the people.

Sapura Energy ? Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin

After Petronas, the second most influential captain of industry in the oil and gas industry is without a doubt Sapura Energy Berhad?s President and Group Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin.

With the exception of Petronas, no other company has a bigger clout and influence in the country other than Sapura Energy Berhad. With Shahril firmly in the driver?s seat, Sapura Energy has been an important growth component in the country?s oil and gas industry.

Shahril has been instrumental in building Sapura Energy and today the company has a presence in more than 20 countries, employing more than 10,000 workers spanning from 35 nationalities.

Just like Petronas, Sapura Energy too was affected by the crude oil prices crash in 2014. But under Shahril?s sterling stewardship, Sapura Energy has already bounced back and is now well on its way to become one of the world?s top five oil and gas giants.

Dialog Group?s Executive Chairman, Tan Sri Dr Ngau Boon Keat

Dialog Group Executive Chairman Tan Sri Dr Ngau Boon Keat has been part and parcel of the country?s oil and gas sector.

Ngau is co-founder and major shareholder of the company since 1984 and he started his career as a refinery engineer with Mobil Singapore Pte Ltd and worked at Petronas Malaysia from 1975 to 1980.

He has 46 years? experience in the oil and gas industry and he is also chairman of Pengerang Independent Terminals Sdn Bhd and board member of Johor Petroleum Development Corporation.

Dialog was one of the pioneer investors in Pengerang where it owns and operates petrochemical, oil and LNG storage terminals and a deep sea port. Ngau is instrumental in building up the company which now has a staff strength of 2,500 with total offices in 9 countries.

Shell Group of Companies Chairman Datuk Iain Lo

Shell Group of Companies has been a partner in fuelling Malaysia?s oil and gas sector for the past 126 years.

Its chairman Datuk Iain Lo said interestingly, the people would want to know more about Shell?s corporate social responsibilities more than its corporate developments as Shell is known for its various contributions to Malaysia.

Shell has been credited with developing many coastal towns that are now an integral part of the country?s oil and gas sector especially in Miri, Sarawak ever since 1910, Lo said in past news reports.

Shell is also known to be the training platform for many local staff who subsequently launch their careers to other oil and gas firms.

As one of the largest oil and gas firms in the world, anything that Shell does will impact the country?s oil and gas sector.

Notable mentions ? Hibiscus, Serba Dinamik, Alam Maritim

It is also worth to mention that there are some other captains of the industry which have also influenced the industry.

They include Hibiscus Managing Director Dr Kenneth Gerard Perera, Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad Chief Executive Officer Datuk Dr Mohd Abdul Karim Abdullah and Alam Maritim Group Managing Director Datuk Azmi Ahmad.

Collectively, all these CEOs have up to 30 years of experience between them and together they tirelessly devote their lives to the oil and gas sector towards the betterment of the country and its people.


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