Engineering a path
Selda joined Shell in 2002 as a Regional Manager for Automotive and Transport Lubricant Technology in Houston, Texas after spending 16 years working in technology and innovation elsewhere in the energy industry.
Moving to a company as large as Shell was initially daunting for Selda, but having the support of colleagues made the transition a comfortable one. “Having a mentor made a big difference,” she says. “That has continued to be the case no matter how much experience I’ve gained. It’s a great opportunity to be challenged from another point of view, to gain insights into your personal capability and to sharpen your understanding of your own role.”
Despite joining Shell as an experienced professional, Selda immediately felt that she could see her own role in the organisation, but also understand the company’s values and vision.
Shell’s culture of nurturing talent quickly fed Selda’s desire to develop her skillset, and when new openings presented themselves, she jumped at the chance. “I’ve always looked for roles that would give me opportunities to continue to learn and expand my skills,” she says.
She soon took on a role that saw her join the leadership team for the American lubricants business, where she worked on both the technical and commercial sides of the industry. “It combined all my passions into one: people leadership, technology leadership and business leadership. Plus, I was interacting with customers,” she says.
For her latest challenge as General Manager for Products & Quality in Lubricants, she looks forward to overseeing the development of superior quality products with increased responsibility for how this fits in with supply across Shell’s global network.