Chief Financial Officer / Assistant Chief Executive (Commercialisation),
Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
Executive Director, IP Valuelab
Mr Tan Shau En joined the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) in March 2017 as its Chief Financial Officer / Assistant Chief Executive (Commercialisation). He is concurrently the Executive Director of IP ValueLab (a subsidiary of IPOS). He is responsible for developing an ecosystem that promotes innovation and drives future growth.
Mr Tan has more than 20 years of experience in strategy development and financial management. Prior to joining IPOS, he was with Royal Dutch Shell for 16 years. During his tenure with Shell, he held senior positions and led diverse global teams for the implementation of strategic reviews, benchmarking and data analytics capabilities for various business units. Notable deliverables included an annual profit uplift of approximately US$250 million and identification of new business opportunities for Shell’s Global Commercial Division. Leveraging on his expertise, he was tasked to redefine the strategic and operational options for Brunei Shell Petroleum. Further to his review, options were delivered to enable cost savings of approximately US$250 million.
In his earlier years, Mr Tan was the Head of Finance and Chairman of the Contract Board at Shell’s Pulau Bukom Refinery during a period of rapid expansion. Under his leadership, strategic contracts were renegotiated and cost savings were achieved despite an inﬂationary environment.
Mr Tan holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the Nanyang Technological University. He is a Chartered Accountant of Singapore and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He enjoys art, painting and sports such as water and snow skiing.