Shell's Exploration Boss to Step Down

Shell's Exploration Boss to Step Down
Shell's head of exploration Ceri Powell will step down from her position next month.

Royal Dutch Shell plc’s Ceri Powell, who heads up the company’s exploration, will be stepping down Feb. 13.

Powell, currently Shell’s executive vice president of exploration, will take a position as managing director of Brunei Shell Petroleum, effective March 13, a Shell spokesperson told Rigzone. The position will be based in Brunei.

Powell joined Shell in 1990 and has been recognized for being a powerful businesswoman.

“I hope that my achievement is an inspiration for young technical female professionals looking to achieve the hallmarks of excellence in their careers,” Powell was quoted as saying after being named to the Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women list for the second year in 2014.

Marc Gerrits, Shell’s vice president of upstream strategy will replace Powell as executive vice president of exploration Feb. 13. 

“During the last seven years, [Powell] has overseen significant discoveries helping sustain our business, and at the same time done it with enormous care and passion for safety and talent development,” the company said. “She expertly integrated the BG and Shell portfolio and talent pool leading to a sharper, value focused organisation, which [Gerrits] will now inherit.”

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