Shell announces Wael Sawan to join its Board of Directors as next CEO

– UK, London –  Shell plc (LON: SHEL) today announced the appointment of Wael Sawan to its Board of Directors as CEO, effective January 1, 2023, to succeed Ben van Beurden who will step down as CEO at the end of 2022.

“Wael Sawan is an exceptional leader, with all the qualities needed to drive Shell safely and profitably through its next phase of transition and growth. His track record of commercial, operational and transformational success reflects not only his broad, deep experience and understanding of Shell and the energy sector, but also his strategic clarity. He combines these qualities with a passion for people, which enables him to get the best from those around him. The outcome of the Board’s managed succession process resulted both in the appointment of an outstanding CEO and proved the strength and depth of Shell’s leadership talent. I look forward to working with Wael as we accelerate the delivery of our strategy.” said Board Chair, Sir Andrew Mackenzie.

About Wael Sawan

Wael is currently the Director of  Integrated Gas, Renewable,s and Energy Solutions, and was previously Director oforof  Upstream. He is based in The Hague and has been a member of Shell’s Executive Committee for three ye Beforeoreo joining EC, he was the Executive Vice President Deepwater and a member of the Upstream Leadership Team, and Executive Vice President Qatar and a member of the Integrated Gas Leadership Team. He has worked in Europe, AfriAsia si,a and the Americas during his 25-year Shell career, and has also held roles in Downstream Retail, and various commercial and New Business Development projects. Wael was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and is a dual Lebanese-Canadian national.

Wael Sawan said: “It’s been a privilege to work alongside Ben and I’m honored to take over the leadership of this great company from him. I’m looking forward to channeling the pioneering spirit and passion of our incredible people to rise to the immense challenges and grasp the opportunities presented by the energy transition. We will be disciplined and value-focused, as we work with our customers and partners to deliver the reliable, affordable, and cleaner energy the world needs.”

He grew up in Dubai and hold a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is married to Nicole and they have three sons.

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