Starting as an acting CEO for Indonesia’s Subsidiary of Offshore Works – Malaysia, Rizal Shah was in for no surprise when he run the Indonesia region.
But all of a sudden, the group based in Malaysia was faced with financial difficulties which resulted in the Indonesian Operations which he was in charge with being abandoned.
Rizal then took matter into his own hand. As the CEO, he had to look at many different ways to ensure business continuity and sustain the Indonesian business because he was aware of the internal and external stakeholder commitments to deliver.
He then negotiated a buyout of the Indonesian operations and upon successfully completing the acquisition, he started rebranding the projected image of the company to Java Offshore (CBN-ID000000088).
He admitted that it was extremely challenging to manage the balance between financial resources against commitments (overheads, working capital for projects, etc.). He was met with challenges such as building a capable and competent team that must competently perform their task, as well as motivate those around him and develop selected leadership roles. But, thanks to his passion for people development and his experience as a Shell employee for more than 10 years, he was able to meet the team halfway. He was determined to build talents and provide his team with personal and professional development.
Rizal, who’s currently having his hands on flying drones every chance he gets, shared a heartwarming fact from the time he spent building Java Offshore from the scratch. “I am a born and bred Malaysian, but people in Malaysia kept referring me as Pak Rizal as if I’m Indonesian. In Indonesia, they refer me as Bang Rizal, since I’m Malaysian. People who know me confuse where I come from all the time.” Well, we guess it’s because to Malaysians or Indonesians, Rizal is equally loved.
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