Celebrating milestones

Wani Roslan

The youngest chief executive within the Southeast Asia region, Rizan Latif at the age of 42 has been appointed as the first local Chief Executive for Brunei of Bureau Veritas since its inception in 1989, marking a major achievement for Bureau Veritas Brunei.

Starting his career as a wireline engineer with Schlumberger, Mexico in 2004, he first joined a local construction company as the Quality Technical Coordinator in 2003, and in 2007, he joined a local risk assessment company as General Manager.

In 2012, Rizan was a Business Development Manager within Bureau Veritas and Head of Technical HSE.

“My role as the Country Chief Executive is to provide leadership, drive profit and loss of Brunei businesses including Commodities (Inspectorate), Industry, Building and Infrastructure, Certification, and Government Services and International Trade (GSIT),” he said in a statement.

Bureau Veritas commenced operations in Brunei in February 1989, with a main office located at Kuala Belait and a site office located at Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP), Seria. Bureau Veritas Brunei has established itself as one of the leading classification societies, third party verification/certification company and training service provider for various industries such as oil and gas, marine, construction, food and service industries in Brunei.

The first local Chief Executive for Brunei of Bureau Veritas Rizan Latif with Vice President of Southeast Asia Operations Vincent Bourdil

A Muara branch office was opened in the beginning of January 1996 to cater for marine business growth. On May 1, 2010, the Muara branch office relocated to Kiulap, Bandar Seri Begawan supported by qualified locals and technical teams enabling Bureau Veritas Brunei to provide expansion and growth.

Bureau Veritas Brunei is a professional services firm dedicated to Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) Management and Social Responsibility, in the field of aeronautics; agriculture; automotive; construction and real estate; consumer products; food; governments and public organisations; industrial equipment; international trade; IT, telecoms and electronics; maritime industry; mines and minerals; oil and gas; power and utilities; process industries; retail; services; as well as transport and infrastructures.

“Bureau Veritas Brunei delivers a comprehensive range of services including inspection, audit, testing, certification, asset integrity management, and related technical assistance, training, outsourcing and consulting services,” said Rizan.

“In these years at the beginning of 21st Century, Bureau Veritas Brunei with the strong support from BV network (Malaysia, Singapore, UK, USA, France, China, Middle East) is also serving major oil companies and groups of companies in Brunei, along with major local players, by providing a variety of solutions and creating added value through assistance at any stage of the life of assets, from conceptual design to operation and maintenance,” he added.

With more than 80 specialists in all disciplines at two offices in Brunei, Bureau Veritas allows the Group to supply its day-to-day services with efficiency and domestic knowledge. It offers an extensive range of technical services and solution in the fields of certification, conformity, assessment, consulting and training.

“Currently, we provide services to the following major clients such as the Brunei Government, major oil and gas operators and its service providers,” added Rizan.

Vice President of Southeast Asia Operations Vincent Bourdil, in a statement said, “As a Business to Business to Society Company, Bureau Veritas is dedicated to building trust between client companies, public authorities and consumers. Bureau Veritas’ mission is to reduce our clients’ risks, improve their performance and help them innovate to meet the challenges of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. Since our founding in 1828, our name has been synonymous with integrity—all the more crucial in an industry built on trust.

“Today, we continue to place a premium on creating strong confidence between companies, consumers and public authorities.”

“Since its inception, Bureau Veritas has always supported its clients to mitigate risks through our applied expertise in Quality, Health, Environment, Safety, and Privacy and Progress,” he highlighted.

Almost 200 years ago, it started with establishing rules for the marine business. With globalisation of the world economy, standardisation and norms have blossomed. Bureau Veritas accompanied its clients in their duty and willingness to be compliant with regulations.

“More recently, several resounding scandals in various sectors such as food, auto, chemicals, power, and digital, have raised the transparency issues across the world, and therefore created trust issues as well,” he added.

As an independent party, Bureau Veritas has contributed to build the trust between governments, companies and people, as they are the foundation of living together as a society.

Complex and interlinked forces are transforming economies, industries and global issues, such as: growing urbanisation, booming demographics, the shift toward greener energy, digital transformation through artificial intelligence, data fusion, and machine learning.

“We see that this shift in our playing field is tremendously reshaping the face of Bureau Veritas and deeply transforming the way we are addressing our clients’ needs and meeting their challenges. Bureau Veritas is entering a new phase of its development with the ultimate goal to answering society’s deep lying aspirations while addressing our clients’ existing and future challenges,” explained Bourdil.

“With their breadth of expertise and professional backgrounds, Bureau Veritas employees around the world represent our most important asset in generating value for our clients. Our people are proud to see that their work makes a positive impact every day on the lives of millions of people around the world. Bureau Veritas successes are their successes,” he concluded.