KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) has appointed Lu Yew Hung, Lau Kim Swee and James Ung as SEB Group chief operating officer, (COO) Syarikat Sesco Berhad (Sesco) chief executive officer (CEO) and SEB Power Sdn Bhd executive vice-president respectively.
This was announced by group CEO Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit in a statement yesterday.
“SEB continues to evolve and transform to meet the challenges of the external environment in our journey to become a modern, agile corporation.
“We will continue to develop our leadership team through challenging assignments to maintain our forward momentum and prepare the organisation and leadership for further growth,” he said.
SEB’s senior leadership appointments come following SEB’s announcement of Sharbini Suhaili as its new group CEO effective Nov 1 after Sjotveit announced last month that he will not renew his contract with the company after it expires at the end of October.
As SEB COO, Lu will provide oversight and strategic counsel over SEB’s operations and will report to the group CEO.
He will represent vital continuity for SEB’s new incoming CEO, having more than 35 years of operation and leadership experience from Sesco, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the SEB group.
Since joining the company in 1980, he has worked in various technical and management roles before his last position as Sesco CEO.
Under his leadership, the company has recorded significant improvement in terms of system reliability and service delivery.
Lau on the other hand, was formerly SEB’s senior vice-president of distribution.
With his new appointment, he will also report to the group CEO.
He has served with SEB for almost thirty years in various roles.
Prior to his last appointment, he held the retail portfolio during which significant success was recorded in the company’s efforts to combat power theft.
Lau also brought visible change to the company’s customer service approach and spearheaded Sarawak Energy’s 24-7 Customer Care Centre in 2013 and other customer-oriented initiatives.
In his new role as Sesco CEO, his responsibility will be to ensure that the generation, transmission and distribution of energy within Sarawak is smooth and seamless while continuing to build on retail customer service.
Meanwhile, Ung, formerly SEB senior vice-president (thermal), in his new role as executive vice-president of SEB Power Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary that will own and operate Sarawak Energy’s coal, gas and hydropower generation assets, will oversee SEB’s power generation business.
He will also report to the group CEO.
Ung has served with SEB for almost thirty years.
Prior to his last appointment, he held the position of general manager of Sejingkat Power Plant, a coal-fired facility.
He also led the Mukah Coal Power Plant project to its successful commissioning in December 2008.