51. Tengku Muhammad Taufik

tengku taufik
Age 46
Occupation President and CEO, Petronas
Nationality Malaysian
Position Last Year New

Tengku Taufik is the company’s third president after Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican stepped down in February 2010. Taking over the helm of the national oil firm at the age of 47, some quarters might view him as rather young for such a position.

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Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has changed its guard again after five years. Tengku Muhammad Taufik Tengku Aziz is succeeding Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin to be the national oil firm’s president and group chief executive officer (CEO).

In the corporate world, many may know Tengku Taufik as a former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Malaysia (PwC Malaysia) who replaced Datuk Manharlal Ratila, better known as Datuk George Ratilal, as Petronas chief financial officer (CFO) in October 2018.

Among the veterans in the Petronas group, they may remember Tengku Muhammad Taufik as the young executive assistant of the late Tun Azizan Zainul Abidin, the man known for laying the solid foundation of Petronas in the 1980s.

Tengku Muhammad Taufik spent his career in Petronas for some years but decided to seek greener pastures in the corporate world shortly after Mohd Hassan passed the baton to Tan Sri Shamsul Azhar Abbas. Tengku Muhammad Taufik joined SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd (now known as Sapura Energy Bhd) as CFO between December 2012 and January 2015, and he was with Tanjong plc prior to that.

Like his immediate predecessor Wan Zul, Tengku Taufik is expected to face challenging tasks ahead given the current oil glut amid demand disruption as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide.

Besides low oil prices, he will have to strike a fine balance between meeting the national oil firm’s social agendas and making sure Petronas’ sovereign rating is intact.

Since 2010, Petronas has been the Title and Technical Partner to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, providing Fluid Technology Solutions that have powered the team to a historic seven consecutive double World Championship titles.

Petronas believe that staying determined to forge ahead and surpass expectations requires a special kind of energy: passion. This fuels the energy within every one of its employees to deliver the best fluid technology for its partners, whether these are destined for the racetrack or the road.

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