Donny Ching was appointed Legal Director of Royal Dutch Shell plc on February 10, 2014.
He was previously General Counsel for Shell’s Project & Technology business, based in Rijswijk, the Netherlands.
Donny graduated with a law degree from the University of Southampton in the UK and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1988. He joined Shell in Australia in the same year and re-qualified as a lawyer in Victoria, Australia, in 1989. He worked initially in the Resources business before moving on to downstream and corporate work in Shell Australia.
In 1992, he moved to Shell Hong Kong to work on the Nanhai petrochemicals project in China, as well as other smaller joint ventures and projects that marked Shell’s re-entry into China. In 2000, Donny moved to London in the UK where he first worked on some chemical divestments before moving to support Shell’s then Gas & Power business. He helped to set up Shell’s global liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading business and on projects such as Pearl GTL in Qatar.
Donny moved to Singapore in 2004 as Associate General Counsel for the Gas & Power business in the Asia-Pacific region. His role included supporting Shell’s growing LNG trading business and LNG projects such as Sakhalin LNG and Gorgon LNG. In 2008, Donny became Head of Legal for Shell Singapore, responsible for legal support to the Downstream business in South-east Asia. He became General Counsel of Projects & Technology in June 2011.
Donny was born in Malaysia and is married with two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, skiing and cooking.