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April 09, 2010 --- Vol. 16, No. 26April 2010

Shell announces restructuring of its Alaska organization

Shell has announced a major re-structuring of its organization in Alaska as a consequence of the global restructuring of the company’s exploration and production business.

“The new structure was put in place to increase company-wide accountability and to improve Shell’s performance on delivering new projects and developing new technologies,” Shell spokesman Curtis Smith said today. “The new Shell Alaska organization will further centralize decision making and streamline internal reporting relationships.”

The company has promoted Pete Slaiby, previously general manager of Shell’s Alaska venture, to become vice president of the venture, Smith said.

Brent Ross is now Alaska operations manager, responsible for managing Shell’s drilling operations. And Charlie Williams is Shell’s Alaska well delivery manager, while also serving as the company’s chief scientist for worldwide well engineering and production technology.

Other members of the reconfigured Alaska team include Steve Phelps, Alaska exploration and appraisal manager; Gary Cameron, Shell Alaska joint venture manager; Marc Stone, senior legal counsel; Laurie Becwar, human resources manager; Gary Becker, Alaska finance manager; and Cam Toohey, government affairs manager.

Rick Fox, Shell’s Alaska asset manager and a familiar face to many people in the state, will retire in September 2010.

“Fox was among the first Shell employees to be part of the leadership team when Shell re-entered Alaska in 2005,” Smith said. “He and his wife, Cyndie, plan to remain in Alaska.”

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