Energy Voice | Shell appoints new upstream director

Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell has announced the appointment of a new upstream director.

Wael Sawan will take on the role on July 1, 2019 and will become a member of the executive committee.

He will replace Andy Brown, who will stay on until September 30 to help with the transition.

Mr Brown spent 35 years at Shell.

Chief executive Ben van Beurden said: “I am grateful to Andy for his strong leadership of the upstream business, particularly having improved business performance during the recent years of low oil price.

“Through his disciplined focus on efficiency, portfolio optimisation, safety and talent development he leaves our Upstream business fit for the future.”

Wael Sawan

Wael is a Canadian citizen of Lebanese origin and currently executive vice president deepwater.

He joined Shell in 1997 and has held a variety of commercial and operational leadership roles across the upstream, integrated gas and downstream businesses.

Wael holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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