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Financial Times: Europe’s top women in business: 16. Linda Cook

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Published: October 8 2007 17:56 | Last updated: October 8 2007 17:56

The revelation of the FT’s 2007 power list continues with new entries from Shell Gas and Power, NYSE Euronext and Coca Cola.

16. Linda Cook

Rank in 2006: New entry
Position: Executive Director, Shell Gas and Power
Age: 49

Cook won a scholarship to study chemical engineering at the University of Kansas, but then she came across petroleum engineering, which had ”exactly the right combination of math, chemistry, geology, engineering and economics”. She was hooked. She has worked for Shell since university. After 18 years in exploration and production in the US, she moved to the Netherlands to be director of strategy and business development.

Since 2004 she has been executive director for Shell Gas & Power, and is responsible for the global natural gas, liquefied natural gas, gas to liquids and power generation activities of the Royal Dutch Shell Group: one of the fastest-growing parts of the business. Her husband gave up his career as a gas trader because Cook’s promotions have taken the family all over the world. Cook and her husband Steve have three children.

Cook is widely seen as a future chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, and is one of the leading candidates to succeed Jeroen van der Veer when he retires in 2009. If she does, she would be the first woman ever to lead one of the big international oil companies.

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