Shell Malaysia appoints Sarawakian Siti Hurrairah as first female country chair

Siti Hurrairah Sulaiman

KUCHING, Dec 15: Sarawakian Siti Hurrairah Sulaiman has been appointed as the new country chair of Shell Malaysia, effective from Jan 1, 2023, making her the first woman to hold the position in one of the biggest oil firms in Malaysia.

In making the announcement through a media release today, Shell Malaysia welcomed Siti Hurrairah as the new and first female country chair and senior vice president Upstream for Shell Malaysia.

Siti Hurrairah will succeed Dato Ivan Tan, who will be taking on the role of executive vice president, Wells, for Shell Group.

Tan, also a Sarawakian, will be based in The Hague, Netherlands upon taking up this global role.

As Country Chair of Shell Malaysia, Siti Hurrairah will oversee all Shell Malaysia businesses, in addition to her role as Senior Vice President for the Upstream business in Malaysia.

Siti Hurrairah originates from Kuching and started her journey with Shell as a Shell scholar.

She graduated from Imperial College in London with a first-class degree in Mechanical Engineering and started her career as an operation engineer in Shell Malaysia Upstream.

In the early days of her career, Siti took on roles in Development, Planning, Commercial and Strategy in the United Kingdom and Malaysia. In 2011, she was appointed as the first female Malaysian Asset manager and director of Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited, responsible for Shell’s upstream oil and gas operations in Sabah.

In 2015, Siti moved to London as GM Commercial Operations in Shell’s Trading and Supply business, where she was responsible for global commercial services for the Shell Group.

She was then appointed as vice president of Integrated Gas Ventures East, where she was responsible for a diverse portfolio of Shell Joint Ventures across different countries in the East prior to assuming her current role as vice president of Technical Asset Operations, where she oversees a large global technical organisation that supports assets and operating units across the Shell Group.

Shell Malaysia extended its gratitude to Tan for his leadership, commitment, and contribution to the business in Malaysia, and congratulate him on his new role as executive vice president in the Shell Group. — DayakDaily