National honours presented to Mr Jack P Williams for significant contributions to Singapore

This press release was issued by the Singapore Economic Development Board on Oct 4, 2023.

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, President of the Republic of Singapore, presented the Public Service Medal (Friends of Singapore) award to Mr Jack P. Williams, Senior Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation, today.

Mr Png Cheong Boon, Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board, said: "Mr Jack Williams has played a significant role in deepening ExxonMobil's partnership with Singapore. ExxonMobil's extensive business operations in Singapore have positioned Singapore as a global leader and key node for the Energy and Chemicals Industry, creating business and job opportunities for Singaporeans. Mr Williams' commitment to developing sustainable solutions through innovation has spurred collaborations between ExxonMobil and our research ecosystem that support Singapore’s climate goals. I congratulate Mr Williams on his award and look forward to strengthening our partnership with him and ExxonMobil for many years to come.”

Mr Jack P. Williams

Mr Williams is the Senior Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation overseeing its global Product Solutions business. His role includes managing ExxonMobil’s major investments in Singapore that have created valuable job opportunities for Singaporeans and supported our energy transition journey. ExxonMobil today employs over 3,500 staff in Singapore.

Under his leadership, ExxonMobil invested in the Singapore Resid Upgrade project, a multi-billion-dollar project that will deploy proprietary technologies to produce cleaner fuels and higher-value lubricant base stocks and improve the competitiveness of its manufacturing complex. This project is expected to create more than 100 job opportunities and generate positive spin-offs for Singapore’s energy and chemicals ecosystem when it starts up in 2025.

ExxonMobil has also established its Low Carbon Solutions (LCS) Asia Pacific business in Singapore. This new business is working to accelerate a lower-emission future by expanding the capabilities and technological expertise for the sustainable development of the energy and chemicals industry and to help other industries reduce their emissions. The LCS team’s work includes studying and developing hydrogen value chains and carbon capture and storage hubs in Asia Pacific. To further support research and development of scalable lower-carbon solutions, ExxonMobil became the founding industry member of the Singapore Energy Centre, in partnership with the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technological University. Since 2018, ExxonMobil has provided more than US$10 million in funding for research projects, and assigned its scientists to work with academia and researchers at NUS, NTU and A*STAR.

On being conferred the Award, Mr Williams said: “I’m honoured to receive this prestigious award, which I share with our employees whose many contributions have led to ExxonMobil’s success in Singapore and who are helping advance lower-emission solutions for the future. I thank the government for its ongoing support and for creating an environment that fosters foreign investments and good jobs as we meet today’s needs and develop lower-emission products for tomorrow.”

This year, ExxonMobil marks 130 years in Singapore. The city-state is home to its largest integrated refining and petrochemical manufacturing complex in the world. Its business presence here supports more than 2,000 other businesses, a majority of which are small-and-medium enterprises. Singapore is also its Asia Pacific headquarters for fuels, lubricants, chemicals, trading, LNG and Low Carbon Solutions businesses. The company is growing its capabilities here to advance solutions such as carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, ammonia and lower-emission fuels.

Ms Geraldine Chin, Chairman and Managing Director of ExxonMobil Asia Pacific said: “We mark our 130th anniversary with gratitude for our employees, the government, customers and all who have contributed to our success. The products we make in Singapore help support modern living all around the world. We look forward to working with governments, academia and industry to develop new technologies for a lower-emission future.”

About the Awards

Initiated by EDB in 1998, the Public Service Medal (Friends of Singapore) recognises senior executives for their outstanding contributions to the economic growth of Singapore. Forty-eight EDB-nominated senior business executives have been conferred the Public Service Medal (Friends of Singapore) between 1998 to 2022.

About the Singapore Economic Development Board

The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), a government agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, is responsible for strategies that enhance Singapore’s position as a global centre for business, innovation, and talent.  We undertake investment promotion and industry development, and work with international businesses, both foreign and local, by providing information, connection to partners and access to government incentives for their investments. Our mission is to create sustainable economic growth, with vibrant business and good job opportunities for Singapore.

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