‘To bring about change, you must not want the job’

Dateline 2015-09-05, The Star:

IN January, Tan Sri Shamsul Azhar Abbas, the-then president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), received a picture of his son in school from his wife. He broke down, realising how much he had missed the child growing up.

“I broke down … where was I all these years?” asks the 63-year-old gangling oil industry veteran, who could easily be passed off for a Texan oil baron had he donned a “cowboy” hat.

The interview at MMC Corp Bhd’s office in the city is not far from his work address at the Petronas Twin Towers, where one has to pass through several layers of security checks before getting into a spacious room for a meeting with the top man who is responsible for the country’s only Fortune 500 company.


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