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Goodfellow or Badfellow?

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 23.17.45By John Donovan

There have been a number of posts on our Shell Blog by insiders welcoming the apparent departure of Paul Goodfellow, Vice President US Unconventionals for Upstream Americas.



So, Christmas has finally arrived in The States with the announcement that Goodfellow is finally leaving. After seeing the havoc he has inflicted in Deepwater and Unconventionals it will be good for folks like Crouching Tiger to see the damage non-Americans can do to shareholder value. Remember Walter, Phil and David Greer?

A more recent posting suggests he has been promoted?

So I am not absolutely sure if he has fracked off or not?

I did check his Linkedin page when the first Shell Blog posting was made and note that since then, his CV seems to have suddenly shrunk to a bare minimum.

To ensure his contribution to Shell is never forgotten, I have posted some detailed information about his time at the company:

Paul Goodfellow, Ph.D.

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 22.39.24Vice President US Unconventionals, Shell Upstream Americas

Paul joined Shell in Holland in 1991 after receiving a B.Eng. in Mining Engineering and a Ph.D. in Rock Mechanics. He worked in the mining industry in South Africa and Finland prior to joining Shell. He has worked in a variety of Wells related roles throughout the Group. In 2000, Paul was assigned to Shell Exploration & Production Company (SEPCO) as the Operations Manager for Deepwater Drilling and Completions and in August of 2003 he took up the role of Wells Manager for the Americas Region. He was named Venture Manager for North America Onshore in July 2008, in September 2009 he moved into the role of Vice President Development, Onshore for Upstream Americas responsible for field development planning, capital investment and technical and technology functions. In January 2013 Paul was appointed to his current role as Vice President US Unconventionals for Upstream Americas. Paul is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and SPE. He is married with three children.

UPDATE 20 JAN 2015

F-150: John, In response to your article… Word in the halls of Woodcreek is that Goodfellow was promoted a year ago when the Unconventional business was downsizing. By the way, that picture of him looks downsized by about 100 pounds.

RELATED ENERGY VOICE ARTICLE, WHICH ANSWERS ONE QUESTION. Article was published today and the sentence about Goodfellow seems to have been poked into the middle of a planned press release about Glen Cayley. Looks out of place and possibly prompted by this article.

Shell VP moves to new role

The vice president for oil giant Shell’s Upstream business in Europe is set to move onto a new role within the company.

Glen Cayley has been in his current position since September 2010.

Mr Cayley first joined the company in 2006 as vice president of global exploration and was responsible for appraisal and resource maturation.

Shell said he will move to a special projects role within Shell’s upstream business.

A spokeswoman said: “Shell can confirm that Paul Goodfellow will take over the role of Vice President UK and Ireland on March 1 2015.”

Last year Mr Cayley became vice chairman of industry body Oil & Gas UK

Glen Cayley, upstream director at Shell UK has become vice chairman of the industry body, representing the operator community.

Prior to more than eight years with Shell, he has an additional 25 years’ experience from his previous roles at ExxonMobil. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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