Shell announces new Australian Country Chair
May 03, 2013
Shell Australia has announced that Mr Andrew Smith will succeed Ms Ann Pickard as chairman of the Shell companies in Australia from June 1 2013.
Ann will take up the newly created position of Shell’s Executive Vice President Arctic, Upstream Americas, from early June.
Ann joined Shell Australia in early 2010, when she took the reins of the company’s upstream business in Australia, and in August 2010 succeeded Russell Caplan as the chair of Shell in Australia.
Andrew Smith, currently vice president of Shell’s downstream business Australia, will be appointed Vice President Shell Australia & New Zealand, Upstream International, and country chair, from June 1 2013.
Andrew has had a long career with Shell both in Australia and abroad since he joined the company in 1986 as a process engineer at Geelong Refinery.
In 2000 he became GM of Shell Fiji and Pacific Islands, in 2004 he took over as Shell’s Manufacturing Director in Singapore including responsibility for the company’s world class Pulau Bukom Refinery and later spent time in London as Shell’s Vice President of Products Trading.
Ann said she had enjoyed her time leading Shell in Australia during a period when the company has grown its upstream business – increasing its stake in the Browse gas resource, purchasing the Arrow and Bow CSG operations, deepening positions in Evans Shoal and Crux, celebrating three final investment decisions on significant LNG projects and many exploration successes with venture partners.
Ann said she leaves Shell in Australia in capable hands and looks forward to watching as it progresses a range of important LNG projects, not least of which is Prelude – the world’s first floating LNG facility off Western Australia.
“I’ve enjoyed very constructive relationships with governments in Australia and now I am excited by the challenge in the Arctic – another very important region for Shell,” she said.
Andrew will move to Perth to take up his new role.
He said that as an Australian, he was proud to take on the role and his priority would be building on a very solid foundation.
“Shell’s upstream business is moving to increased operatorship, so the operational experience I bring from the downstream will be put to good use,” he said.
Andrew’s successor will be Scott Wyatt, currently GM of Supply and Distribution. Scott has been a member of Andrew’s leadership team, and will provide continuity for the downstream business moving forward.
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Contact: Paul Zennaro, Shell media hotline, 0417-007-344
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