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Shell Singapore names Aw Kah Peng as chairman; Goh Swee Chen to retire in Jan 2019

Ms Aw Kah Peng will be Shell Singapore's chairman from Jan 1.

AW Kah Peng will become chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore from the start of next year as Goh Swee Chen retires at the end of January 2019 after 15 years at Shell.

Ms Aw, a former chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board, joined Shell in 2012 and is currently general manager for chemical intermediates in the Asia-Pacific.

The company said in a statement: "In chemicals, Kah Peng has delivered significant business value leveraging her deep knowledge and experience in the industry, commercial acumen, passion for people, strong relationship skills, and her drive for excellence. She has helped put the Chemicals business in Asia on a strong foundation for success and growth."

Ms Goh, who is in her late 50s, joined Shell in 2003 as chief information officer for Shell Oil Products East and previously worked in Proctor & Gamble in the US and IBM in Australia.

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She was appointed Shell's first female Singapore country chairman in 2014, and also took on the role of vice-president for city solutions in 2017.

"Swee Chen has worked to establish Shell as an employer of choice and partner in Singapore," Shell said in the statement. "During her years at the helm, Shell was conferred the first Honorary Partner in Progress award by the Singapore government for its longstanding contribution to Singapore's economic growth and continued interest in social and community development. Shell Singapore also hosted the first Make the Future in Asia, a Shell festival of innovation and ideas."

Ms Goh will continue to be active in public service and the boards of which she is a part.