Wan Zulkiflee joins US oil giant Exxon Mobil board of directors

KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, the former president and group chief executive officer of Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), has joined US oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp's board of directors.

With the election of Wan Zulkiflee, the ExxonMobil board will increase to 11 directors, 10 of whom are independent directors.

Exxon Mobil is the largest oil company in the western world.

“We welcome Wan Zulkiflee to our board,” said Darren Woods, Exxon Mobil's chairman and chief executive officer said in a statement today. “His global industry expertise coupled with his insights related to the energy transition will complement our highly experienced board.”

Wan Zulkiflee served from 2015 to 2020 as president and group chief executive officer of Petronas, leading the group's strategic growth and efficiency initiatives, as well as the company’s entry into specialty chemicals. 

During his tenure, Petronas reported multiple years of strong results and furthered the company’s investments in lower -emission technologies.

He was with Petronas for 37 years prior to his retirement on June 30, 2020.

Wan Zulkiflee is currently non-executive chairman of the boards of Malaysia Airlines Bhd and DRB-Hicom Bhd, and he is involved in a number of initiatives dedicated to education and public sector leadership.

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