Royal Dutch Shell announces Andrew Mackenzie as the next Board Chair and nominates Jane Lute for election as Non-Executive Director

– NETHERLANDS, The Hague –  Royal Dutch Shell plc (LON: RDSA) today announced the appointment of Sir Andrew Mackenzie as the new Company Chair of its Board of Directors, effective from the conclusion of Shell’s 2021 AGM, scheduled for May 18, 2021.

Andrew Mackenzie will succeed Chad Holliday who will step down on May 18 having served as Chair for six years and as a Board Director since September 2010.

“I am delighted to welcome Andrew as my successor. I have nothing but confidence in Shell’s bright future – the challenges of the past year only strengthened my conviction in the Company as I watched colleagues across the business find strength to sustain vital energy supplies in the most exceptional circumstances.” said Chad Holliday. 

He added: “Andrew brings a wealth of leadership and sustainability experience, scientific curiosity, and commercial acumen that ideally equip him to help Shell navigate the energy transition and deliver on the far-reaching Powering Progress strategy. His track record in business performance transformation also means he brings all the skills and rigor needed to guide Shell’s management in all their most significant decisions.”

Ben van Beurden, the CEO, said: “Chad’s first-class frontline business experience, tireless commitment to the highest standards, and clear vision were all instrumental in making Shell the resilient business we have shown ourselves to be. We thank him for his leadership over the last decade.

“I am looking forward to working with Andrew. We are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic with a clear and distinct strategy that I believe will enable us to seize the opportunities presented by the energy transition. I cannot think of anyone better than Andrew to take this role.”

The Company also announced its intention to propose to the 2021 AGM the appointment of Jane Lute as a Non-Executive Director of the Company with effect from May 19, 2021.

“I would also like to welcome Jane who brings diverse experience from the military, from security and public policy leadership roles in the United Nations and the US government, and most recently a focus on the critical risk area of cyber-security. She will be a valuable addition to the Board.”

About Andrew Mackenzie

Andrew Mackenzie, a British national, joined Shell’s Board in October 2020, after a distinguished career in the energy, petrochemicals, and resources sector, latterly as Group CEO of BHP from 2013 to 2019. From 2004 to 2007, at Rio Tinto, he was Head of Industrial Minerals and Diamonds. Before this, over a 22-year career at BP, he held senior leadership roles in exploration, research and development, and chemicals. His contributions to geochemistry and earth science led to his appointment as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014, and he received a knighthood in 2020 for his services to business, science, and technology. Andrew brings to Shell his experience of leadership, his global outlook, and a deep understanding of the energy business and climate action.

Andrew Mackenzie said: “It is a privilege to be appointed Chair of this great Company, particularly at such a pivotal time for the industry and wider society. I am honored to succeed Chad, whose chairmanship of the Board I have much admired and who I know will be warmly remembered. I have been delighted already to have played a part in the shaping of the compelling strategy that Shell has recently unveiled. I believe Shell has an exceptional portfolio of future-facing assets and I look forward to working with Ben van Beurden and the Board to profitably accelerate Shell’s transition into a net-zero emissions energy business that continues to generate substantial value for shareholders, customers, and communities alike.”

Born in 1956, Andrew is a British national who joined the Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc in October 2020 and was previously CEO of BHP. Andrew joined BHP in 2008, becoming Group CEO from 2013 to 2019 when he systematically simplified and strengthened the business and created options for the future. From 2004 to 2007 at Rio Tinto, he was Head of Industrial Minerals, then Head of Industrial Minerals and Diamonds. Before this, Andrew spent 22 years with BP, joining in 1982 in research and development, followed by international operations and technology roles across most business streams and functions – principally in exploration and production and petrochemicals, including as Chief Reservoir Engineer and Chief Technology Officer. Latterly he was Group VP for Chemicals in the Americas, then Olefins and Polymers globally. From 2005 to 2013 Andrew served as a Non-executive Director of Centrica. He has also served on many not-for-profit boards, including public policy think-tanks in the UK and Australia. He was knighted in 2020 for services to business, science, technology, and UK-Australia relations.

Andrew is a highly experienced leader who has managed major international FTSE 100 businesses and has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas, petrochemicals, and minerals industry. Following early academic distinction, Andrew made important contributions to geochemistry, including groundbreaking methods for oil exploration and recovery. He was recognized as “one of the world’s most influential earth scientists” and made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2014. Having lived and worked in five continents, Andrew applied his deep understanding of the energy business and geopolitical outlook to create public-private partnerships and advise governments around the world. As an earth scientist, Andrew has consistently pursued sustainable action on climate change in the interests of access to affordable energy and global development. Andrew brings the wealth of his experience and insights to Shell, where his expertise is already contributing to help Shell navigate the energy transition. Andrew is also a committed champion of gender balance, the rights of indigenous peoples, and of the power of large companies to support social change – all of which align well with Shell’s purpose, strategy, and values.

About Jane Lute

Born in 1956, Jane is a US citizen and an experienced leader of organizations focused on security risks. Following a 16-year career in the US Army, she joined the Carnegie Corporation as an Executive Director of its Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. Between 2000 and 2009 she held roles at the United Nations in peacekeeping, field support, and peacebuilding. In 2009 she was appointed as Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security. Since 2013 Jane has focused on cyber-security, first as the founder of the Council on CyberSecurity, then as Chief Executive of the Center for Internet Security, and latterly as President and CEO of the North American operations of SICPA security inks.

Jane is a Non-executive Director of Marsh & McLennan and the Union Pacific Corporation.

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