Robin Mooldijk and Philippa Bounds appointed to top roles at Shell

Robin Mooldijk and Philippa Bounds appointed to top roles at Shell

(IN BRIEF) Shell’s Projects & Technology Director, Harry Brekelmans, and Legal Director, Donny Ching, are stepping down from their positions after 33 years of service with the company. Brekelmans will be replaced by Robin Mooldijk, the current Executive Vice President of Chemicals & Products, effective 1 July 2023. Philippa Bounds, currently General Counsel, Trading & Supply, will be appointed Legal Director, effective 1 July 2023. The move is part of Shell’s efforts to build a new top team to deliver its Powering Progress strategy.

(PRESS RELEASE) LONDON, 22-Mar-2023 — /EuropaWire/ —After 33 years of service with Shell, Harry Brekelmans will step down from his role as Projects & Technology Director, a position he has held for almost nine years, effective 30 June 2023. Robin Mooldijk, currently Executive Vice President (EVP) Chemicals & Products, will be appointed Projects & Technology Director, effective 1 July 2023.

And following more than 33 years of service with Shell, Donny Ching will step down from his role as Legal Director, a position he has held for just over nine years, effective 30 June 2023. Philippa Bounds, currently General Counsel, Trading & Supply, will be appointed Legal Director, effective 1 July 2023.

Shell CEO Wael Sawan said: “Harry and Donny have both had long and distinguished careers in Shell, and I wish them all the best for the future.

“Harry was instrumental in improving project and well delivery in Shell, and in developing Shell’s sustainability and carbon ambitions. He launched the Technology Centre in Bangalore, transformed its equivalent in Amsterdam, and has been a powerful advocate for safety, technology and innovation across the company.

“Donny’s commitment to the highest standards of transparency on ethics and compliance has been outstanding, as has his work on many important legal cases involving Shell. He’s a true champion of our people, of DE&I, and of developing talent across the globe – he has helped to make Shell a truly better place to work.

“I’d like to welcome Robin and Philippa to the Executive Committee. They have important roles to play as we build our new top team to deliver our Powering Progress strategy through providing the energy the world needs, now and in the future, purposefully and profitably.”

Notes to editors

Harry Brekelmans joined Shell in 1990 and has held various leadership positions in Exploration and Production, Internal Audit, and Group Strategy and Planning. From 2011 to 2013, he was Country Chair Russia and EVP for Russia and the Caspian region. Before becoming P&T Director in late 2014, he was EVP for Upstream International Operated, based in the Netherlands.

Donny Ching joined Shell Australia in 1989, moving to Hong Kong and later to London. He was appointed Head of Legal for Shell Singapore in 2008, having earlier moved there as Associate General Counsel for Gas & Power in Asia-Pacific. Prior to becoming Legal Director, he was General Counsel for Projects & Technology, based in the Netherlands.

Robin Mooldijk began his career with Shell in 1991 in the Koninklijke Shell Laboratory Amsterdam and has held a range of key leadership roles in Chemicals and Refining, Manufacturing and Supply, in the Netherlands, South Africa and USA. He is currently EVP Chemicals and Products. Robin is a Dutch national and in his new role will continue to be based in The Hague, Netherlands.

Philippa Bounds began her career in 1996 in private practice (Shearman & Sterling, Simmons & Simmons). She joined Shell in 2005 and has held key Legal roles in Gas and Power, Global Procurement and Information Technology, Integrated Gas and Trading and Supply in The Netherlands, the UK and Singapore. Philippa, a British national, is currently General Counsel for Shell’s Trading and Supply businesses, and in her new role will continue to be based in London, UK.

Cautionary note

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Shell’s net carbon intensity

Also, in this announcement we may refer to Shell’s “Net Carbon Intensity”, which include Shell’s carbon emissions from the production of our energy products, our suppliers’ carbon emissions in supplying energy for that production and our customers’ carbon emissions associated with their use of the energy products we sell. Shell only controls its own emissions. The use of the term Shell’s “Net Carbon Intensity” is for convenience only and not intended to suggest these emissions are those of Shell plc or its subsidiaries.

Shell’s net-Zero Emissions Target

Shell’s operating plan, outlook and budgets are forecasted for a ten-year period and are updated every year. They reflect the current economic environment and what we can reasonably expect to see over the next ten years. Accordingly, they reflect our Scope 1, Scope 2 and Net Carbon Intensity (NCI) targets over the next ten years. However, Shell’s operating plans cannot reflect our 2050 net-zero emissions target and 2035 NCI target, as these targets are currently outside our planning period. In the future, as society moves towards net-zero emissions, we expect Shell’s operating plans to reflect this movement. However, if society is not net zero in 2050, as of today, there would be significant risk that Shell may not meet this target.

Forward Looking Non-GAAP measures

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