Shane Harris is currently the president and chairman of ExxonnMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc. and lead country manager for ExxonnMobil subsidiaries in Malaysia.
He joined ExxonMobil in 1998 and has held a variety of leadership, engineering and business assignments across the Production, Drilling, Mining and Subsurface disciplines in Australia, Malaysia, the U.S.A., Canada and Russia.
Shane spent his early career working a variety of engineering and planning roles for Esso Australia, plus an assignment in Malaysia working as a reservoir engineer for ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc. In 2005, Shane was assigned to Houston, U.S.A. to work for the ExxonMobil Drilling organization, including a number of engineering and operations leadership roles for activities in the Colorado Rockies, Sakhalin Island and the Black Sea in Russia, and the Beaufort Sea in Canada.
In 2011, he moved to Calgary, Canada as the Drilling Manager for Imperial Oil and in 2013 relocated to Moscow, Russia as the ExxonMobil Operations Integrity & Logistics Manager for exploration drilling activity in the Kara Sea. In February 2015, Shane returned to Houston as the global ExxonMobil Drilling Technical Manager, transitioning six months later into the ExxonMobil Upstream Synergies Lead role. In November 2016, Shane returned to Calgary, Canada as the Production/Asset Manager, responsible for running the large-scale Kearl oil sands mining operation in Alberta.
Shane graduated from the University of Newcastle, Australia with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering. Shane and his wife, Sara have three sons.
Having had the privilege to serve as a member of the Board of Governors for the past few months, if elected to another term, I would be honored to continue my active participation by working with AMCHAM to strengthen business ties with Malaysia via meaningful engagement with key policymakers in areas of common interest for AMCHAM members.
An excellent opportunity for US investors is in the area of decarbonization of the economy. US companies have developed significant advancement in low-carbon solutions and if the knowledge can be transferred here, this will help Malaysia towards achieving its ambition to be a carbon-neutral nation by 2050. Malaysia is also primed to take advantage of the clean economy, one of the pillars of President Biden’s Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.
ExxonMobil has been in Malaysia for nearly 135 years and has made significant contributions to the local oil and gas industry and local communities. We have partnered with the government and the community on human capital development particularly in English language and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education among young Malaysians. We run a number of programs in a few states in Peninsular Malaysia in collaboration with state education departments, universities and schools. We believe our efforts are consistent with AMCHAM’s goals of amplifying good corporate citizenship among US companies in Malaysia.
I am fortunate to have served ExxonMobil outside of the US. I am confident that the experience, values and perspective gained will contribute to the role the Chamber plays in advancing U.S. business interests. It would be an honor to serve and I look forward to the opportunities ahead.