PETRONAS Dagangan (PDB), the principal domestic marketing arm of PETRONAS, has appointed Azrul Osman Rani (pictured) as MD and CEO, effective 1 January 2020. He is currently the head of commercial development and JV formation at PETRONAS Refinery and Petrochemical Corporation (PRPC), helming the dual role of CEO of PRPC Utilities & Facilities.
He takes over from Syed Zainal Abidin Syed M Tahir, who was appointed to the role in June 2018, while also working as VP of marketing, downstream business since July 2017. From 2014 to 2018, Azrul spearheaded the strategic negotiation that led to the formation of the joint venture between PETRONAS and Saudi Aramco within the Pengerang Integrated Complex, PETRONAS’ largest downstream investment worth US$27 billion. He began his career at PDB’s retail business before moving on to become a trader at Malaysian International Trading Corporation (MITCO), marketing various petrochemical products for Indonesia market.
Meanwhile during his tenure as MD and CEO, Syed Zainal drove the customer-first mindset, consequently transforming PDB’s business approach in delivering more seamless and frictionless solutions to elevate customer experience. According to PDB, its sales volume rose 6% in 30 September this year under his leadership, largely attributable to improved stations’ productivity, more operational stations and higher volume registered for the new fuel, PETRONAS Primax 95 with Pro-Drive. Syed Zainal will continue to oversee the marketing activities of PDB.
Syed Zainal said: “Azrul has had an illustrative career in PETRONAS in the marketing and commercial segment, ranging from trading activities, mergers and acquisitions, as well as negotiations that will complement the dynamics of the business. With over 23 years of experience in oil and gas business, I look forward to Azrul taking PDB to the next level of growth.”