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Is former BG Group/Shell Exec Sami Iskander carrying any reputational baggage?

Is former BG Group/Shell Exec Sami Iskander carrying any reputational baggage?

MESSAGE POSTED BY JOHN DONOVAN ON OUR SHELL BLOG: 4 FEB 2021

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Newly former Shell executive Sami Iskander has been appointed CEO to London-traded energy company Petrofac, which is facing corruption allegations in Italy and from the U.K.’s SFO.

The question is whether Iskander, who was one of only four executives from British Gas retained by Shell when the two merged in 2015, brings any baggage with him?

Why Mr. Iskander and not someone else? Conversely, why would he want to join such an embattled company? Are there any indications that his time at BG or Shell was less than spotless in terms of possible corruption, to include cover-ups or just looking the other way? Does he have any hidden ties with Petrofac or its outgoing CEO Ayman Asfari?

In general, what kind of a reputation does this man have in the London energy business community?

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Sami Iskander’s biography (downloaded from Petrofac website 4 Feb 2021)

Sami Iskander is a senior executive with over 30 years’ international experience in both oilfield services and E&P companies.

He was appointed Executive Vice President for Shell’s Upstream Joint Ventures business in February 2016 until 2019, where he was accountable for business performance in Abu Dhabi, Brunei, Denmark, Egypt, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait and Oman.

From 2008 and prior to joining Shell in 2016, he worked in BG Group where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer from November 2013. In this role, he was responsible for BG Group’s global Upstream operations in addition to being responsible for BG Technical, which incorporated developments, operations, capital projects, well engineering, HSSE, climate change, IT, contracts and procurement, and technology. From 2009, Sami Iskander was Managing Director for Africa, Middle East & Asia, where he was in charge of all upstream, midstream and downstream activities in the region and oversaw the delivery of several large scale oil and gas EPC projects, on time and on budget.

Prior to BG Group, Sami Iskander held many key leadership roles with Schlumberger, undertaking assignments in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the USA.

Sami Iskander is an Egyptian and French national, fluent in English, Arabic, Spanish and French and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo.

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