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28-30 June 2022


Bill began his career in the energy industry with Shell in 2003 and has made significant contributions across numerous global businesses, operational and geological settings, and throughout the industry lifecycle. 

Bill joined Shell as an exploration geophysicist to evaluate opportunities in the Gulf of Mexico, and later, Brazil.  In 2010, Bill shifted his attention to the onshore U.S., where he was first embedded in the Appalachia asset and then went on to oversee Shell’s exploration efforts across the onshore U.S., including the Permian Basin of West Texas, Rocky Mountains, Eagleford Shale, and Mississippi Lime ventures. 

Bill moved to Oman in 2014 to serve as Exploration Manager for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Shell’s joint venture with the government of Oman.  While there, his teams delivered several significant discoveries and helped to unite the exploration, development, and asset communities to improve the overall financial performance of the PDO joint venture.  

With the Shell – British Gas (BG) merger in 2016, Bill had the opportunity to play a key role in the integration of Queensland Gas Company (QGC) into the Shell portfolio.  After leading some of the integration and transition efforts, he was accountable for the integrated construction, commissioning, and handover of Project Charlie, a 280 mmcf/d onshore gas plant with 360 associated wells, gathering, and pipelines.  In October of 2017, Bill was appointed to the role of GM Upstream at QGC and held accountability for the safety performance, upstream production, projects, wells, engineering, land access, and integrated planning at QGC.  During that time, Bill drove key safety, operational, and financial performance improvements in QGC while also creating key links for the QGC business and staff in the Shell group in order to help QGC to realize its potential.   

Bill was appointed to the role of Vice President Exploration – North America and Brazil as of March 1, 2020 where he is accountable for the safe delivery of the exploration programs in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, and Mexican Gulf of Mexico.  He also represents exploration on Shell’s Deepwater Leadership team.

These diverse experiences allow Bill to bring deep insight into the key elements that drive value creation in the Upstream Energy business.  In each of his assignments, Bill has been able to use that insight to drive superior business performance that has ultimately helped to deliver results for Shell, its partners, and stakeholders that directly impact overall group performance.

Bill grew up in northern Pennsylvania.  He then earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geosciences from Princeton University in 1999 and a PhD in Geophysics from Cornell University in 2003.   Bill is married to Jennifer and they have two children, Tyler and Trace.  

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