In this exciting new role, she will be combining the country portfolio in a growth region with a global business HR role that spans all other regions as well.
Effective August 2021, Chee-Wei Tan (pictured above) has been appointed HR Vice President for Northeast & Southeast Asia as well as CHRO for the Global Lubricants business in Shell.
This new role has the global remit for the Shell Lubricants business that has more than 4,500 people operating across 40 countries. In addition, Tan continues to assume the HR leadership role for the diverse group of countries that make up the Northeast and Southeast Asia region, comprising a business footprint across Shell's both Upstream and Downstream businesses with close to 10,000 employees.
Speaking exclusively to HRO, she shared: "Shell Lubricants is an exciting business that has enjoyed fantastic growth over many years. I am most looking forward to working with the diverse team of dynamic, passionate and innovative people across the globe to take the business to even greater success, by producing the best lubricants, driven by impeccable quality, clean innovation and an unrivalled focus on our customers."
Tan was previously global head of HR for Shell Energy and has been with Shell for 18 years in total.
In fact, we asked her the secret to her long tenure, to which she shared that Shell’s core values of honesty, integrity, and respect for people really resonate deeply with her.
She went on to add: "In addition, the quality of leadership and the amazing people I work with keep me engaged and inspired. While 18 years seems a long time, I have accumulated such a variety of personal and professional experiences across different Shell businesses, in different functional areas in HR and at the local, regional and global levels that it feels like the time passed really quickly… and I am still learning loads every day and enjoying it!"
On the lighter side, we probed Tan on whether this role means lesser time for work-life balance, and she reveals:
"Working in a global role across different time zones can be very consuming, but I have adapted over the years to make the best of the flexibility a global role offers, leveraging the peaks and troughs to manage my energy level.
"What works for me is to feel empowered to set clear boundaries where I need them (e.g. I prefer not to get into evening meetings on Friday nights and my weekends are no-fly zones). Achieving work-life harmony looks different for each individual, and I believe what makes the difference is to exercise your individual choices without guilt and be fully available and present within those boundaries."
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