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Matthias Bichsel became Director of the Projects & Technology business on July 1, 2009.

He joined Shell in late 1980 after obtaining a Doctorate in Earth Sciences from the University of Basel, Switzerland.

His early career was spent on exploration assignments in Bangladesh, Oman, Canada, Indonesia and the Netherlands, interspersed with special projects in Head Offices.

In 1995, he was appointed Director of Petroleum Development Oman, looking after exploration and deep oil field developments. In 1999, he transferred to Houston as Managing Director of Shell Deepwater Services, where he was  involved in all aspects of global deep-water exploration and development. In 2002 he was appointed Executive Vice President Exploration with responsibility for all of Shell’s global exploration activities and performance.

Most recently, he held the position of Executive Vice President, Development and Technology from 2006, where he was responsible for delivering reserves and production from new upstream projects, as well as the provision of research and technology to Shell’s Exploration and Production organisation.

In 2011, he was appointed Honorary Professor of the China University of Petroleum, Beijing. He is member of the industry advisory board of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.


Matthias is a Swiss citizen born in 1954. He is married to Suzanne, and they have a daughter.

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