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Friday, 21 Oct, 2011  

ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Chairman and Managing Director Kwa Chong Seng retires after 42 years with the company

SINGAPORE – Kwa Chong Seng, chairman and managing director of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, will retire at the end of October after 42 years with the company. He will be succeeded by Matthew J. Aguiar, ExxonMobil Chemical Asia Pacific manufacturing director.

Kwa has led the company’s Singapore affiliate for 19 years and was also responsible for retail fuels marketing in the Southeast Asia Pacific region, which includes Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

A mechanical engineer, Kwa joined Esso Singapore in 1969 as a process controller at the refinery. He worked as an engineer at refinery operations, and he has held different assignments across the business. He had also spent about nine years in various overseas assignments, and was the first Singaporean to head up a country affiliate in the Exxon group when he was appointed managing director of Esso Singapore in 1992.

Kwa, who turns 65 this month, said: “I’m proud to have seen ExxonMobil’s grow in Singapore from two small refineries to what will soon be the largest manufacturing site in the world, including two world-scale steam crackers.”

Aguiar has been with the company for 31 years and lived and worked in Singapore from 1998 to 2002, and again since 2009. He has worked in both the chemical and refining and supply companies.

About ExxonMobil in Singapore

ExxonMobil is one of Singapore’s largest foreign manufacturing investors with fixed asset investments of over US$10 billion. Our Singapore affiliate, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, (EMAPPL) has manufacturing facilities which include refinery operations in Jurong and a world-scale petrochemical plant on Jurong Island.

EMAPPL has Singapore’s largest network of 66 Esso service stations and is a major supplier of cylinder cooking gas. EMAPPL also serves the commercial market with its industrial, aviation and marine fuels and lubricants. As a corporation, ExxonMobil is committed to addressing the challenge of sustainability – balancing economic growth, social development and environmental protection. In line with those strategies, ExxonMobil and EMAPPL contribute to programmes in Singapore that support the arts and education, the community and the environment.

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Karen Wong
ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
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