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Shell finance chief Jessica Uhl quits after oil supermajor’s move to London Jessica Uhl cites ‘family reasons’ as she steps down

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Shell finance chief Jessica Uhl quits after oil supermajor’s move to London

Jessica Uhl cites ‘family reasons’ as she steps down

The respected finance chief who oversaw Shell’s historic relocation to London is leaving the company after almost two decades, having decided moving her own family to the UK long-term is “not sustainable”.

Mother-of-three Jessica Uhl, who has held finance roles in London, Houston and The Hague since joining the oil super-major from Enron in 2004, will step down as CFO on March 31.

Uhl will be replaced by Sinead Gorman, a civil engineer by background who joined Shell in 1999 and steps up from her role as head of finance of its global upstream business. She will be based in London full-time.

Uhl, 54, had been expected to accompany CEO Ben van Beurden and a handful of other senior executives in moving to London full-time when the shift from the Netherlands to London was announced in November.

Shell said today: “Jessica was a key architect of strategic changes, including the simplification of the company’s share structure and the relocation of the corporate HQ, along with the roles of chief executive officer and chief financial officer, from The Netherlands to the UK.

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