chevron marine people profile: teh lean aik
tell us about your experience and career journey
I have worked in the fuel and lubricants industry for more than 25 years, with experience in customer management and supply chain roles, including terminal operations and distribution. Prior to that I worked as a high school teacher for five years and then in the manufacturing industry for two years.
what is your most rewarding project to date?
Working with management on setting up a terminal for Fuels and Marine Marketing in Malaysia was a valuable learning experience. The re-design of the terminal setting of procedures, working with customers regarding their requirements, and being involved in the start-up operations were interesting challenges and a valuable learning experience. All this was achieved with zero incidents.
what do you think is the biggest challenge facing the industry at the moment?
The energy industry is global, and policy decisions made by countries or authorities have an impact. Recent political issues and the pandemic have impacted the demand and supply of crude oil. This volatility has resulted in unpredictable conditions. Despite these difficulties, Chevron has reacted well and delivered “out of the box” solutions. This is why we are able to keep our “stickiness” and maintain lasting relationships with them.
what piece of advice would you give to someone starting out in your industry?
This is an industry that offers a range of possibilities for growing your career. Learn as much as you can, and you will be surprised at the depth and the space within it. So keep learning.
what do you admire about the chevron marine lubricants brand?
Chevron Marine Lubricants always focuses on a total solution. The technical offering, supply reliability, and not forgetting the human touch in our day-to-day communications – we really do live by our tagline– ‘Solutions for your journey’.
what’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
When I joined the industry I was given a simple piece of advice – work safely and always act as if it were your own business. When you move into uncharted territory, it is challenging to make decisions, but so far this simple guidance has always worked for me.
what behaviour or personality trait do you most attribute your success, and why?
As an ex-educator, I always try to practice, learn and then apply. Learning is evergreen, while applying what you learn will provide opportunities to reach new heights of success. Having the support of management and my family backing has been critical.