The board of Bumi Armada Berhad has announced the appointment of Leon A. Harland as its new chief executive officer (CEO) to take office on 16 May 2016 and will be appointed as an executive director.
Presently Harland is the executive vice-president, commercial and technology of Heerema Marine Contractors and a member of the board of management, with joint responsibility for the company’s performance, and direct responsibility for all commercial, contracting, engineering and innovation initiatives.
Prior to joining Heerema, he worked at SBM Offshore, the largest FPSO operator in the world where he held various positions in engineering, project management and business development. In 2004, Harland was tasked to start up and build their floating LNG business.
He is recognized for being an outstanding leader who drives business success through teamwork, enthusiasm and innovation. His wealth of experience in leading a large and reputable offshore contractor as well as having in-depth understanding of the FPSO and FLNG segments are seen as key assets to drive Bumi Armada towards growth, operational excellence and strategic partnerships with clients and stakeholders.
Harland holds a master of science degree – civil (offshore) engineering from Delft University of Technology. He was also involved in fixed platform reliability research at Delft University of Technology and subsequently at Shell Research.
The board would like to thank Chan Chee Beng for stepping into the role of acting CEO since January 2015 and for his steady hand in running the company during a very challenging period in the industry. Chan Chee Beng will revert to his former position as a non independent non-executive director on the board with the appointment of Harland.
Image of Harland, from Heerema.