YBhg. Dato' Haji Mohd. Arpan bin Shari began serving in the public service on June 6, 1982. During this period, he has served in various ministries and agencies before being seconded to Kedah Regional Development Authority (KEDA) on November 16, 2007.
On June 6, 2009, he was awarded Bintang Kebesaran Johan Setia Mahkota (JSM) by the Federal Government and on January 16, 2011, the Darjah Kebesaran Dato' Setia DiRaja Kedah (DSDK) which carries the title Dato'.
YBhg. Dato' continues to lead KEDA with high commitment in implementing the responsibilities entrusted especially in human capital development and the eradication of poverty in the State. He is the 7th. General Manager of KEDA and believed would continue to take a firm stand and strengthen the entire region of KEDA and the people of this State.