Andrew Brown

Upstream Director

The Upstream business was formed on January 1, 2016. Read more in the November 2015 strategy release.


  • Exploration
  • Deep water
  • Operated
  • Joint ventures
  • Production excellence

Regional responsibilities

  • Middle East 
  • Africa
  • Latin America


Andy Brown was appointed to the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell in April 2012. As of January 1, 2016, he is responsible for Shell’s global Upstream business including exploration and production of conventional and deep water oil and gas. From 2012-15 he oversaw the Upstream International business, which operated globally outside the Americas, including exploration, production and integrated gas.

Andy joined Shell in 1984 after completing his degree in Engineering Science at Cambridge University in the UK. Between 1985 and 2000, he worked in a number of engineering and leadership roles in New Zealand, the Netherlands, Italy, Brunei, and Oman.

In 2000, Andy was appointed to work with the Vice Chairman of Shell as Senior Advisor for the Middle East and Former Soviet Union, and later become Private Assistant to the Chairman of Shell in 2001.

In 2002, Andy joined Shell Gas and Power as Project Director for the pioneering Pearl GTL gas-to-liquids project in Qatar. Subsequently, he was appointed Managing Director of the newly formed Qatar Shell GTL Ltd., and led the successful delivery and start-up of Pearl GTL. In addition, he was appointed Executive Vice President Qatar in 2009, with added responsibility for the Qatargas 4 LNG project.

Andy was awarded an OBE in the 2012 UK New Year’s Honours List for his services to British-Qatari business relations. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and a Board member of the Shell Foundation.


Andy married his wife Julie in 1985 and they have four children. He enjoys skiing, walking, sailing and golf.

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