Iman Hill takes over as executive director of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) at a pivotal time for the upstream industry.

She steps in after a tumultuous year in which oil and gas companies have been squeezed by steep drops in prices due to the Covid-19 pandemic, while investors are also piling on pressure to come into line with the 2015 Paris agreement to limit global warming.

Strategic rifts have also emerged between IOGP’s member companies as Europe's top companies — including Shell and BP — forge paths towards becoming more integrated, lower-carbon businesses, while the biggest operators in the US, as well as many national oil companies, appear to remain overwhelmingly committed to oil and gas.