Shell has announced the appointment of Ed Daniels to the newly created role of strategy, sustainability and corporate relations director.
In his new role, Mr Daniels will become a member of Shell’s Executive Committee and will have accountability for the company’s existing strategy, sustainability and corporate relations organisations.
Shell said the appointment is effective as of February 15.
A British national, Mr Daniels joined joined Shell in 1988 and has held roles in the company’s upstream, integrated gas, downstream and projects and technology businesses.
He previously served as Shell’s UK country chairman, and in his most recent role as executive vice president (EVP) strategy portfolio and sustainability, he led the development of the company’s ‘Powering Progress’ strategy to drive the decarbonisation of the energy system and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
He has also served as the technical VP for the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), and is a Fellow at both the IChemE and the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.
“Now is the right moment to bring these three strategic capabilities together in one Executive Committee directorate,” said chief executive, Ben van Beurden.
“As we accelerate towards our goal of becoming a net zero emissions business, we are putting greater emphasis on how we engage with all stakeholders on the many complex issues and opportunities related to the energy transition. With more than 30 years’ broad, relevant industry and leadership experience, Ed is perfectly placed to lead this work, and to bring additional strategic insights and perspectives to the Executive Committee.”
Earlier this month Mr van Beurden hailed a “very strong financial performance” in Shell’s 2021 results, which saw the oil giant report pre-tax profits of nearly $30 billion.
Accordingly, the company announced an $8.5 billion share buyback scheme, which will take place in the first half of 2022.
Shell also intends to increase its dividend per share by around 4% for the first quarter of 2022.
It is an auspicious start to the company’s first year of being headquartered in the UK, following its relocation from the Netherlands, approved by shareholders late last year.
Meanwhile, December saw the company reshuffle personnel in its renewables unit after the department’s head announced she would step down.
Elisabeth Brinton will leave her position as EVP for renewables and energy solutions, though her position will not be directly replaced. Instead, Thomas Brostrom was appointed EVP of renewable generation, while Steve Hill will be put in charge of energy marketing.