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Exploration boss discovers new role in risk-averse Shell

Emily Gosden, Energy Editor: January 24, 2017

Royal Dutch Shell’s exploration chief is to step down after seven years, as the energy company cuts back on drilling new wells.

Ceri Powell, the highest ranking woman at Shell pending the elevation of Jessica Uhl to chief financial officer, is to take up a new role as managing director of Brunei Shell Petroleum in March.

A geologist who grew up in Pembrokeshire and who joined Shell in 1990, Ms Powell, 53, has twice been named on Fortune’s 50 most powerful women in business list. She is to be replaced as Shell’s executive vice-president of exploration next month by Marc Gerrits, another company veteran who is at present vice-president of upstream strategy.

Ms Powell’s move is the latest in a reshuffle of senior executives at…

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