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Shell's Brown replaced as upstream boss

Anglo-Dutch supermajor names new E&P director as long-time executive Andy Brown prepares to leave

Shell has named a new upstream director as long-time executive Andy Brown prepares to leave the post and a company where he has spent more than three decades.

The Anglo-Dutch supermajor has promoted current executive vice president of deep-water Wael Sawan to the post effective from 1 July.

Brown, who has been with Shell for 35 years, will remain available to Sawan and the executive committee until 30 September, when he will leave.

Sawan, a Canadian citizen of Lebanese origin, joined Shell in 1997, holding various roles across its upstream, integrated gas and downstream businesses.

Married and with three children, Sawan has a Masters in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in Quebec and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

He will join the company's executive committee in his new role.

Brown joined Shell in 1984 after completing a degree in Engineering Science at Cambridge University. From then until 2000 he worked in New Zealand, the Netherlands, Brunei, Italy and Oman for the company in engineering and project management roles.

In 2001 he became private assistant to Shell's chairman and from 2002 to 2012 was managing director and country chair in Qatar, leading the $18 billion Pearl gas-to-liquids project.

He was appointed executive vice president of operations in Qatar in 2009 and upstream international director in 2012 until 2015, responsible for all global upstream and integrated gas businesses outside of the Americas.

Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden said: "I am grateful to Andy for his strong leadership of the upstream business, particularly having improved business performance during the recent years of low oil price.

"Through his disciplined focus on efficiency, portfolio optimisation, safety and talent development he leaves our upstream business fit for the future."

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