Ed Daniels

Strategy, Sustainability, and Corporate Relations Director - Shell

Ed Daniels was appointed Strategy, Sustainability, and Corporate Relations Director on 14th February 2022. Prior to this role, he was Executive Vice President of Strategy, Portfolio & Sustainability from 1st January 2019.

Ed’s career spans roles in Shell’s Upstream, IG, Downstream and Projects & Technology businesses, bringing 30 years of industry knowledge, expertise and executive leadership experience to the company.

Prior to his current position, Ed was Executive Vice President for Commercial and New Business Development. In this role, Ed oversaw Commercial and New Business Development activities across Shell’s Upstream and Integrated Gas businesses: driving the growth agenda, portfolio management and leading the development of skills and talent of the professional commercial community. During his tenure, he contributed to the BG acquisition activity and led a major part of the subsequent divestment programme.

Ed joined Shell in 1988 after graduating with a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London. He began his career in Shell’s UK refining business after which he undertook a number of sales and marketing assignments and studied for his MBA with Henley Business School, which he was awarded in 1995. Ed then held several international posts starting in Singapore, where he managed business development activities for Asia Pacific.

In 2003, he returned to the UK as General Manager of Global Base Oil Lubricants and then moved to the USA as President of Shell’s catalyst businesses CRI/Criterion Inc.

Ed became Executive Vice President of Global Solutions Downstream within Shell’s Projects & Technology (P&T) organisation from 2009 to 2014 where he was accountable for the technology support to Shell’s Downstream assets and products as well as the commercial activities in the P&T business. During this role, he was also appointed Chairman of Shell UK from January 2013 until April 2014.

Ed has served as the Technical Vice President for the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). He is a Fellow at both the IChemE and the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and has an honorary doctorate from Imperial College.

Ed is a British national with Welsh heritage and is married with three daughters.

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