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Shell’s E&P Director Brinded Steps Down to Be Replaced by Brown

By Eduard Gismatullin – Feb 22, 2012 9:31 AM GMT

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) said Malcolm Brinded, a 37-year veteran at the company, will step down as exploration and production director and be replaced by Andrew Brown, currently Shell’s Qatar chairman.

Brinded, who worked as an executive director for almost 10 years, will leave the company after April, said Jon French, a London-based spokesman. Brown has been promoted to join the executive board as a director after overseeing at least $21 billion of Shell’s investment in Qatar.

The directors have “decided to initiate change in the leadership to take the upstream business forward to the next stage of its growth and development,” French said by phone.

Shell, Europe’s largest oil company, saw production fall 3 percent to 3.2 million barrels of oil equivalent a day last year after rising in 2010 to end eight years of decline. The Anglo- Dutch company’s projects in Qatar will prop up extraction and help to generate surplus cash with oil above $100 a barrel.

In 2008, Brinded was seen by analysts as a possible candidate for the top job at The Hague-based Shell. He lost to Swiss-born ex-Chief Financial Officer Peter Voser who became chief executive officer in 2009 succeeding Jeroen van der Veer.

Brinded, born in 1953, joined Shell after graduating from Cambridge University and served as the U.K. chairman in the three years to 2002, when he joined the executive board.

Brown oversaw construction of the Pearl gas-to-liquids plant in Qatar, which makes fuels from natural gas. The world’s largest facility of its kind has enough capacity to fuel 160,000 cars a day with diesel and employed 52,000 workers at the peak of construction.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eduard Gismatullin in London at [email protected]

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Will Kennedy at [email protected]


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