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Duke University: Shell Oil President To Speak at Duke on Oct. 19

John D. Hofmeister will offer his vision for ensuring that the United States has the energy it needs to meet future demand

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Durham, NC — John D. Hofmeister, president of Shell Oil Company, will give a free public talk, “How Can the U.S. Ensure Energy Supply for the Future?”, at Duke University on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Environment and Earth Sciences

The talk, at 4 p.m. in room 111 of Duke’s Biological Sciences Building, will be followed by an open question-and-answer session. The event is sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences’ Office of the Dean.

In his talk, Hofmeister will explain his vision for ensuring that the United States has the energy it needs to meet future demand, even as global power consumption and competition for limited energy resources escalate. Hofmeister believes the nation can meet this challenge by using both conventional and unconventional energy resources — including resources presently off-limits in offshore waters and on federal lands — and with U.S. businesses acting in socially, economically and environmentally responsible ways.

“With more than 30 years of experience as a business leader, much of it spent in the energy industry, John Hofmeister brings a perspective to the issue that is invaluable for our students to understand — and one they can’t get from textbooks,” said William H. Schlesinger, dean of the Nicholas School and James B. Duke Professor of Biogeochemistry.

Hofmeister joined Houston-based Shell Oil in 1997 and became its president in March 2005. He previously held key positions at AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International), Nortel and General Electric.

For more information, contact: Tim Lucas, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences | (919) 613-8084 | [email protected] and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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