Meet Ceri Powell
Ceri Powell (Shell’s Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum as of March 2017) has been featured on Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women list, rising eight places to number 21 on the 2014 list, from her inaugural 29th placing in 2013.
The highly competitive annual list, published by Fortune Magazine, recognises the most powerful women in business across the globe. In this issue, Fortune has created a ranking for two segments of the world where women are making the most progress: Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and the Asia-Pacific region.
As one of the most senior women in the energy industry today, Ceri’s nomination in the EMEA list was once again based on her leadership role in defining global RDS oil and gas exploration growth strategies. Prior to her role as Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum, Ceri led the Shell-Exploration business to a number of success including discoveries in Malaysia and Australia.
“Congratulations to Ceri on her achievement," said Shell’s Upstream International Director Andy Brown. "It is great to see the external world recognize Ceri’s leadership which Shell has benefited from and valued for many years".
“It is an honour to be recognised by Fortune for a second time, alongside my esteemed peers,” said Ceri. “I hope that my achievement is an inspiration for young technical female professionals looking to achieve the hallmarks of excellence in their careers”.
Since joining Shell in 1990, Ceri has worked in the UK, Angola, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, and Brunei. Ceri was the Executive Vice President of Exploration, Shell Upstream International beginning in 2009. In 2013, her role was expanded to Global Functional Head of Exploration. She also served on the United Nations Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy for All, chaired by the UN Secretary General.
In April 2014, Ceri was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Carillion Plc, bringing experience of emerging markets and health and safety policies. She serves on the Audit, Remuneration, Nomination and Business Integrity Committees.
In March 2017, Ceri was appointed as Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum, a vital joint venture for Shell with the Government of Brunei. She was also appointed Country Chair for Shell companies in Brunei upholding the highest standards of business integrity.
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