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Meet Shell’s New CEO


Meet Shell’s New CEO

by Andreas Exarheas Rigzone Staff Tuesday, January 03, 2023

Wael Sawan has officially become Shell’s new chief executive officer, succeeding Ben van Beurden, who had held the post since January 1, 2014.

In an in-house interview posted on Shell’s website, which asked the new company head how he felt about taking on the challenge of being Shell CEO, Sawan said he was “incredibly excited”.

“But, I have to admit, also sometimes daunted by the huge challenges that are out there. I take comfort in the fact that we do have a strong strategy. We do have brilliant people,” he added in the interview.

When asked in the interview what he thought the company’s biggest priorities will be in the near future, Sawan said, “clarity of strategy, clarity of intent and prioritizing to be able to achieve the outcomes we need to achieve”.

“When we focus as a company, we are unstoppable. I think, secondly, it’s about continuing to be bold, continuing to be innovative, continuing to challenge the paradigms that are out there,” he added.

“And thirdly, in my mind, it’s performance, performance, performance. It’s performance, in terms of keeping our people safe, it’s performance, in terms of how we drive value in the organization every single day. We will earn our right to be able to grow through the energy transition, by the performance we put in,” Sawan continued.

In a separate in-house interview published by Shell recently, van Beurden revealed what he’ll get up to after leaving Shell.

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