Thursday, February 22

Mining Veteran Becomes Shell’s New Chairman

Oil and gas group Shell has appointed Andrew Mackenzie as the new chairman of the company. The Briton was previously the CEO of the mining group BHP.


At Shell, Mackenzie will succeed Chad Holliday on May 18, who was chairman of the group for six years. The chairman’s position is comparable to that of the supervisory board chairman, who mainly fulfils a supervisory role.

Mackenzie led BHP from 2013 to 2019. Scandals were not spared the mining company, mainly active in Australia and the Americas, during that period. In 2015, a dam broke at a Brazilian iron ore mine partly owned by a British-American company, killing 19 people.

Mackenzie was previously an executive at another mining company, Rio Tinto. He also worked for 22 years at the oil and gas group BP. In 2020 he was knighted by the British Royal Family to contribute to business, technology and science.

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden states that he is looking forward to working with Mackenzie on the global strategy. In doing so, the company is focusing more on sustainable energy.

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