Royal Dutch Shell has announced that its Qatar chief Andy Brown (pictured) will succeed Malcolm Brinded as director of upstream international from April 1.
“I am delighted to confirm Brown as the next director of upstream international” said Peter Voser, Royal Dutch Shell chief executive officer. “Brown has the experience and leadership skills necessary to drive upstream international forward and build upon the strong platform established by Brinded,” Voser added.
In his new role, Brown will be responsible for a wide ranging portfolio that includes all of Shell’s oil and gas exploration and production activities, including LNG and GTL, in the world outside the Americas.
A British, Brown graduated with a BA in Engineering Science from Cambridge University following which he joined Shell in 1984. During a career of almost 28 years with Shell, Brown has worked in various engineering, project management and asset management leadership roles in New Zealand, Netherlands, Italy, Brunei, Oman.
In 2000 he moved to London in support roles for Shell’s senior leadership and in 2002, he was appointed to lead Shell’s re-entry into Qatar. Over the past nine years, under Brown’s leadership, Shell has invested $ 20bn-$ 21bn in Qatar and is now the largest foreign investor in the country.
Brown has led the Pearl GTL Project from its concept stages to inauguration. The project was inaugurated by HH the Emir, in November 2011 in the presence of Prince Andrew, The Duke of York.
Qatargas 4, in which Shell is a 30% shareholder, was brought onstream in early 2011. Shell has recently expanded further into joint exploration and chemicals projects with QP.
Brown was recognised by Queen Elizabeth in the 2012 New Years Honours List, when he was awarded an OBE for services to Qatar–British business relations.
Brown said “I have been given an incredible opportunity and I look forward to the exciting challenges that my new role will bring”. He added that during his nine years in Qatar, he has been privileged to have worked in partnership with QP and was very happy that Qatar is a key part of his portfolio in future, allowing him to visit on a regular basis.
Brinded steps down after working 37 years in Shell. He has been a member of Shell’s board for 10 years and has led upstream international since 2009 and during that time has overseen Shell’s activities in Qatar as an important part of his portfolio.
Brown’s successor at Qatar Shell would be announced separately, Shell Qatar said before yesterday.
source: Gulf Times
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