Shell announces two new senior executive appointments


Royal Dutch Shell has announced it intends to promote two senior upstream oil and energy executives as of next week. The appointees, Zoe Yujnovich and Wael Sawan, will both be Netherlands-based

Photo: Wael Sawan will be promoted to Head of Gas and Renewables
Photo: Wael Sawan will be promoted to Head of Gas and Renewables

October 16, 2021 -- International oil major, Royal Dutch Shell has as of yesterday announced the appointments of Wael Sawan as Integrated Gas and Renewable and Energy Solutions (R&ES) Director and Zoe Yujnovich as Upstream Director, respectively. Both appointments are effective 25th October 2021.

Sawan (pictured above), currently Upstream Director, will remain a member of the Executive Committee in his new role and will continue to be based in the Netherlands. He takes over as Integrated Gas and R&ES Director from Maarten Wetselaar, who will leave the company after more than 25 years of distinguished service on 25th October. Maarten will join Cepsa as Chief Executive Officer as of 1st January 2022.

Ms. Yujnovich, currently Executive Vice President, Conventional Oil & Gas, takes over from Wael as Upstream Director and will join the Executive Committee. She will also be based in the Netherlands.

Regarding the promotions, Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive, Ben van Beurden was quoted as saying:

"Zoe and Wael are both strong, focused leaders, who will bring great energy and commercial expertise to their new roles. Their proven leadership skills will be crucial as we deliver our Powering Progress strategy purposefully and profitably. I am also immensely grateful to Maarten for his outstanding contribution to Shell and our customers, for his vision and drive in shaping a world-class LNG portfolio, and for laying the foundations of our power and renewable solutions business. I wish him well in his new role."

Wael Sawan

Since joining Shell in 1997, Wael has worked across Shell's Upstream, Integrated Gas and Downstream businesses. Wael has garnered extensive commercial and leadership experience in roles spanning across Europe, the Middle East and America. He originally trained as an engineer and joined Shell to work at the Shell joint venture, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). He followed this with roles in gas and power and the global retail team. In 2012 he became Managing Director and Chairman of the Qatar Shell companies, where his responsibilities included Pearl GTL, one of the largest oil and gas projects in the world. From there he went on to run Shell's Deep Water business, based in Houston, and became Upstream Director and a member of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell in July 2019.

Wael, 47, holds a Masters degree in Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Photo: Zoe Yujnovich is to take up the role of Upstream Director
Photo: Zoe Yujnovich is to take up the role of Upstream Director

Zoe Yujnovich

Zoe, 46, has nearly 25 years of frontline and leadership experience, most recently based in The Hague as Shell's Executive Vice President, Conventional Oil & Gas. Previously she was Country Chair for Shell's businesses in Australia and New Zealand, based in Perth, and Executive Vice President for Oil Sands, based in Calgary. Zoë trained as an engineer and started her career with Rio Tinto, working in management roles in Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Canada.  

About Royal Dutch Shell

Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies that aims to meet the world's growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible.

Our operations are divided into our businesses: Upstream, Integrated Gas and Renewables and Energy Solutions (formerly New Energies), and Downstream. Our Projects & Technology organisation manages the delivery of Shell's major projects and drives our research and innovation.

Our Upstream organisation manages the exploration for and extraction of crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. It also markets and transports oil and gas, and operates the infrastructure necessary to deliver them to market.

Our Integrated Gas organisation manages our liquefied natural gas (LNG) activities and the production of gas-to-liquids (GTL) fuels and other products. It includes natural gas exploration and extraction, and the operation of the upstream and midstream infrastructure necessary to deliver gas to market. It markets and trades natural gas, LNG, crude oil, electricity, carbon-emission rights and also markets and sells LNG as a fuel for heavy-duty vehicles and marine vessels.

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