UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

 

Washington D.C. 20549

 

Form 6-K

 

REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

 

PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 OR 15d-16

 

UNDER THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the month of October 2021

 

Commission File Number: 1-32575

 

Royal Dutch Shell plc

 

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

England and Wales

 

(Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

 

Carel van Bylandtlaan 30, 2596 HR, The Hague

 

The Netherlands

 

Tel No: 011 31 70 377 9111

 

(Address of principal executive office)

 

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Shell announces changes to Executive Committee

 

The Hague, October 15, 2021 Royal Dutch Shell plc (“Shell”) today announces the appointments of Wael Sawan as Integrated Gas and Renewable and Energy Solutions (R&ES) Director and Zoë Yujnovich as Upstream Director. Both appointments are effective 25th October 2021.

 

Wael, currently Upstream Director, will remain a member of the Executive Committee in his new role and will continue to be based in the Netherlands. He takes over as Integrated Gas and R&ES Director from Maarten Wetselaar, who will leave the company after more than 25 years of distinguished service on 25th October. Maarten will join Cepsa as Chief Executive Officer as of 1st January 2022.

 

Zoë, currently Executive Vice President, Conventional Oil & Gas, takes over from Wael as Upstream Director and will join the Executive Committee. She will also be based in the Netherlands.

 

“Zoë and Wael are both strong, focused leaders, who will bring great energy and commercial expertise to their new roles. Their proven leadership skills will be crucial as we deliver our Powering Progress strategy purposefully and profitably,” said Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive, Ben van Beurden. “I am also immensely grateful to Maarten for his outstanding contribution to Shell and our customers, for his vision and drive in shaping a world-class LNG portfolio, and for laying the foundations of our power and renewable solutions business. I wish him well in his new role.”

 

Notes to editors

 

Wael Sawan

Since joining Shell in 1997, Wael has worked across Shell’s Upstream, Integrated Gas and Downstream businesses. Wael has garnered extensive commercial and leadership experience in roles spanning across Europe, the Middle East and America. He originally trained as an engineer and joined Shell to work at the Shell joint venture, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). He followed this with roles in gas and power and the global retail team. In 2012 he became Managing Director and Chairman of the Qatar Shell companies, where his responsibilities included Pearl GTL, one of the largest oil and gas projects in the world. From there he went on to run Shell’s Deep Water business, based in Houston, and became Upstream Director and a member of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell in July 2019.

 

Wael, 47, holds a Masters degree in Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a Canadian citizen of Lebanese origin and is married with three children.

 

Zoë Yujnovich

Zoë, 46, has nearly 25 years of frontline and leadership experience, most recently based in The Hague as Shell’s Executive Vice President, Conventional Oil & Gas. Previously she was Country Chair for Shell’s businesses in Australia and New Zealand, based in Perth, and Executive Vice President for Oil Sands, based in Calgary. Zoë trained as an engineer and started her career with Rio Tinto, working in management roles in Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Canada.

 

Zoë holds a degree in Engineering from the University of Western Australia and an Executive MBA from the University of Utah. She is married with three children.

 

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This Report on Form 6-K is incorporated by reference into:

 

a) the Registration Statement on Form F-3 of Royal Dutch Shell plc and Shell International Finance B.V. (Registration Numbers 333-254137 and 333-254137-01); and

 

b) the Registration Statements on Form S-8 of Royal Dutch Shell plc (Registration Numbers 333-126715, 333-141397, 333-171206, 333-192821, 333-200953, 333-215273, 333-222813, 333-228137 and 333-254139).

 

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

Royal Dutch Shell plc

 

(Registrant)

 

By: /s/ Anthony Clarke  
     
  Name: Anthony Clarke  
  Title: Deputy Company Secretary  

 

Date: October 18, 2021

 

 

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