Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) will welcome a new chief executive officer (CEO) in November after current CEO Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit announced that he has elected to leave the company.
According to a press statement from SEB, Torstein will not renew his contract with the company after his present contract expires at the end of October, and has elected to return to his home country of Norway.
Effective Nov 1, Sharbini Suhaili, currently Petronas group vice president for Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE), will be the new CEO.
“When Datuk Torstein informed us of his decision in 2015, we were saddened but it is a decision we must respect,” SEB chairman Datuk Amar Hamed Sepawi said.
“I also informed the state government and the chief minister (Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem) who were surprised and saddened to hear that Torstein did not wish to renew his contract, but respected his intention to leave.”
“Over the last seven years, he has overseen a period of tremendous growth and transformed Sarawak Energy into the dynamic organisation of today with international visibility and credibility. We will always be grateful for his contribution to the growth and development of the company and its people, both in Sarawak and beyond.”
“Of particular note is his focus on talent development and capacity building – Sarawak Energy has grown from 2,800 to 4,500 staff, most in skilled professional positions,” he added.
Datuk Torstein was recruited by the state government, joining the wholly-government owned company in 2009. His decision to leave was communicated to the Board and state last year.
Since then, he has been actively assisting the Board in the search for a suitable replacement.
“The decision to leave was made after long and careful consideration with my family in Norway. It has been a tremendous privilege for me to lead the 4,500 Sarawakians at Sarawak Energy for the past seven years,’ said Torstein.
“We are all proud of what has already been achieved and excited about what is still to come. I thank the Board and the State Government for the trust given to me to lead Sarawak Energy in my 7 years with the company. My gratitude also to my Sarawak Energy team for the trust, hard work and dedication at every level,” he concluded.
Sharbini Suhaili is a Sarawakian from Kuching and has extensive national and overseas experience in the oil and gas industry with both Shell and PETRONAS.
He began his career with Royal Dutch Shell in 1986 as a pipeline engineer, and held various positions in the company in Malaysia and overseas, including senior roles in commercial, planning, strategy and business development.
He was general manager of Shell Malaysia’s Sabah upstream operations and headed their non-operated joint-ventures before joining PETRONAS in 2010 as vice president of International Production for their upstream arm.
In his previous role as Vice President of Upstream International, he was responsible for the growth of the petroleum company’s international business before taking over the HSSE role.