Shell CFO Simon Henry leaves, Jessica Uhl to take over

Royal Dutch Shell said that after more than seven years in the role, Simon Henry will conclude his service as chief financial officer of the company and will be succeeded by Jessica Uhl.

Shell’s board has appointed Jessica Uhl as CFO with effect from March 9, 2017. She will also be an executive director of the company and a member of its executive committee, and will be based in the Netherlands.

Henry will remain on the board as CFO until March 9 next year and sign the 2016 annual report, after which he will hand over his duties, Shell’s statement reads.

He will remain available to Uhl and to the board to assist with transition until June 30, 2017.

Simon Henry has been with Shell for over 30 years and was appointed CFO of the company in May 2009, responsible for strategy, planning and information technology, as well as the company’s financial activities. He is also regional executive director for Asia Pacific with specific oversight of new business development in China.

He was CFO for exploration & production from 2004 to 2009, and was head of group investor relations from 2001 to 2004. Prior to these roles, he held various finance posts, including finance manager of marketing in Egypt, controller for the upstream business in Egypt, oil products finance adviser for Asia-Pacific, finance director for the Mekong Cluster, and general manager finance for the South East Asian Retail business.

Uhl joined Shell in 2004 and has held finance leadership roles, based in Europe and the USA, in Shell’s upstream, integrated gas and downstream businesses, as well as in projects & technology and corporate headquarters.

She is currently executive vice president, finance for the integrated gas business. Previous roles included EVP, finance for upstream Americas, vice president finance, upstream Americas unconventionals, VP controller for upstream and projects and technology, VP finance for the global lubricants business and head of external reporting. She joined Shell in finance and business development supporting the renewables business.

Prior to joining Shell, Uhl worked for Enron in Houston and Panama (1997-2003) and Citibank in San Francisco (1990-96).

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