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9 days after we broke the news, Shell confirms elimination of 350 to 450 management positions

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Shell: No plans to cut N.O. jobs, leadership

The reshuffling of leadership within Shell that will eliminate 350 to 450 management positions and thousands of rank-and-file jobs won’t affect its New Orleans office, a company spokesman says.

The shakeup comes after the surprise resignation of CEO Linda Cook earlier this year. Incoming Chief Executive Peter Voser announced Wednesday that up to a third of the company’s senior management is vulnerable to job cuts along with a significant portion of the Dutch-English company’s 24,000-person staff.

But spokesman Bill Tanner said Shell’s investment and plans in the Gulf of Mexico bode well for its exploration and production offices in New Orleans, and that Frank Glaviano Sr. would remain in charge. The company has about 450 employees at its Poydras Street offices.

“It’s safe to say the operations based in New Orleans will stay there,” Tanner said Monday.

Shell has a 35 percent interest and is the operator of the Perdido project, a deepwater exploration project 200 miles off the Texas coast. Chevron and BP are partners in the project.

The changes Voser outlined last week will combine Shell’s three upstream businesses — exploration and production, gas and power, and oil sands — into two regional units: Upstream Americas and Upstream International.

A new projects and technology division will also be created.

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