Malaysia Airlines appoints Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee as Chairman

Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, President & Group CEO of PETRONAS will be retiring on June 30, 2020 after 37 years with the organisation and he will be assuming the position as Chairman of Malaysia Airlines Berhad, with effect from July 1, 2020.

The appointment of Wan Zulkiflee by the Government to the role of Chairman of Malaysia Airlines Berhad follows his vast experience in successfully steering PETRONAS with many notable achievements while navigating a challenging business landscape.

He was appointed as President & Group CEO of PETRONAS on 1st April 2015, following a severe downturn in the oil and gas industry caused by the collapse in crude oil prices.

Under his leadership, he instituted successful measures in the areas of operational efficiency, commercial excellence, portfolio optimisation, digital transformation efforts and organisational culture to achieve better cost efficiency in a harsh operating landscape. His transformation efforts  led to the Company’s robust performance and strong fundamentals.

His focused execution on these initiatives including the Company’s three-pronged growth strategy have resulted with PETRONAS becoming more resilient in facing industry cycles and  transformed the Company into a more sustainable organisation that can better adapt to the energy transition.

Over the years, Wan Zulkiflee has held various senior management positions including MD & CEO PETRONAS Gas Berhad, Vice President of Gas Business, Executive Vice President and CEO Downstream Business as well as Chairman of PETRONAS Gas Berhad, PETRONAS Chemical Group and PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad.

He also assumed the additional role of Chief Operating Officer (COO), PETRONAS in 2012.

In January this year, Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee was recognised for the second time as the only ASEAN CEO and sole Oil & Gas CEO from Asia in the list of 100 best global Brand Guardians for 2020, by Brand Finance, the world’s leading brand valuation authority.


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