A big congratulations to Amir Hamzah bin Abu Bakar (C’84, Sulaiman) for being appointed as the new Managing Director (MD) and General Manager Manufacturing of Shell MDS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, effective 1 October 2020.
Amir will be based in Bintulu and will be leading the manufacturing and commercial teams of more than 450 people to produce and market high quality GTL specialties, as well as wax products under the brand name of SARAWAX, to customers and distributors in more than 50 countries.
Amir Hamzah holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Manufacturing Engineering (Chemical) from the Swinburne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia in 1990 and a Masters of Business Administration from Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom in 2004.
He began his career with Hoechst Australia Limited in 1990 as Project Engineer. Subsequently, he joined Lotte Chemicals Titan (Malaysia) from 1991 to 2006, holding various roles including Senior Manager, Unit Manager, Production Manager, Senior Production Engineer, Process Engineer and Project Engineer. In January 2007, he was appointed as Works Director for Lotte Chemical Titan, Indonesia and in September 2008, he served as Vice President, Strategic Projects for Lotte Chemical Titan (Malaysia).
He joined Shell Eastern Petroleum Limited (Singapore) in March 2009 as Regional Business Improvement Leader (East) and thereafter as the Production Manager of Shell Jurong Island (Singapore). In April 2014, he was appointed as the Managing Director of Shell Refining Company Bhd in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan and holding that post until December 2016.
Amir was appointed as asset manager for one of Shell’s non-operated ventures in Sakhalin, Russia in January 2017. During his tenure, the asset received Shell Integrated Gas Best Asset of the Year for outstanding overall asset performance.
Proudly based in Bintulu, Sarawak, Shell MDS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd uses Shell’s proprietary Shell Middle Distillate Synthesis process, built on 3500 patents, to convert natural gas into hydrocarbon liquids. A range of high-quality finished products are created from these hydrocarbon liquids, including GTL waxes, drilling fluids and chemicals. The end products produced by Shell MDS contain almost none of the impurities – sulphur, aromatics and nitrogen – that are found in crude oil, which means that they are cleaner and safer for us and for the environment.
Shell MDS began its commercial operations in 1993. Today, it is home to approximately 400 staff, 89% of which come from Sarawak state, showcasing the distinct talent and capabilities of Sarawak-ians.