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Professor Alan J. Cohen, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, USA comments on posting by Paddy Briggs: the possibility of BP Shell merger

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Former Shell Executive Paddy Briggs comments on the possibility of a BP Shell merger

July 5th, 2007 09:36

Thank you for a thoughtful post.

I worked at Shell in E&P in technical and leadership positions both in the USA and Europe for nearly 30 years. These days I am an invited speaker & consultant (& university professor in the geosciences) in the area of the impeding “great crew change.” Simply stated: There is a buildup of staff at around age 50 in certain exploration and production disciplines. These staff are your mentors, decision makers (or enablers to decision makers) & problem solvers. These are the staff you want to entice to stay longer at Shell, rather than jump ship or retire. A merger of the sort hypothesized here, between upstream RD and upstream BP, may cause great angst to this critical pool of staff. It will need to be handled very delicately, in my opinion. And preservation of employee and retiree benefits will be important as well.

Professor Alan J. Cohen, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, USA

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