Shell Malaysia names new country chairman


SHELL Malaysia has appointed Ivan Tan as its new country chairman for the Royal Dutch Shell plc’s Malaysia unit, effective April 1, 2021.

Tan will be succeeding Datuk Iain Lo who will be retired from the oil and gas (O&G) company after serving the position for eight years and having a distinguished career at Shell for 30 years, said Shell Malaysia.

“As chairman of Shell Malaysia, Tan will oversee all the group’s businesses in addition to his current role as a senior VP and MD for the upstream business in Malaysia.

“We would like to thank Lo for his contributions to Shell and wish him well in his further endeavours,” Shell Malaysia said in a statement today.

Tan began his career with Shell in Miri in 2001. His early career consisted of several wells, contracting and procurement as well as health, safety and the environment (HSE) assignments in Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and China.

In 2016, Tan led a technical business integration between Shell and British Gas in Australia before being appointed as the COO 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 Energy’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,” Shell Malaysia said.

Tan returned to Malaysia in February 2020 to assume his current role in the upstream business of which he had steered the ongoing transformation of the segment in Malaysia to become more streamlined and competitive in order to thrive through the energy transition.

He holds a bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College and an MBA from Manchester Business School.

“We would like to thank Lo for his leadership, experience and commitment over his distinguished career with Shell.

“We welcome Tan into the role of country chairman for Malaysia. Tan is known for his strong business acumen and track record in safety and operational leadership.

“I’m confident that he will drive further opportunities in Malaysia in line with our global strategy and to support Malaysia with its energy transition,” said Royal Dutch Shell upstream director Wael Sawan.