Shell’s Lori Ryerkerk honored for trailblazing leadership
With 32 years in the industry, Lori currently leads Global Manufacturing, the largest business in Shell Downstream

Lori Ryerkerk, Executive Vice President, Shell Global Manufacturing, has been selected by the Houston Business Journal for a Women in Energy Leadership Award. As an honoree in the ‘Women of Influence’ category, Lori was recognized for her high achievements as a leading executive in the oil manufacturing sector, noted for hands-on leadership with a unwavering focus on safety, environmental and social performance.

“I’m thrilled to be honored alongside so many other outstanding women in the Energy business,” Lori says. “It is really great to see so many successful women in our business. That’s a very different case from when I started in this industry 32 years ago!”

Only in its second year, the leadership awards were launched to celebrate Houston’s stars in energy, particularly those who have overcome challenges to achieve their success. Selection criteria for these leadership awards include career achievement in energy, contribution to company success, community involvement and leadership. Lori received two nominations for this award, one from Shell and another from Burrow Global Services, a local engineering firm. 

“Lori shares my passion for “doing it right”, says Mike Burrow, CEO and Chairman of Burrow Global Services, a Houston-based engineering firms. “That means above all, doing it safely but also efficiently and correctly and with respect for the individuals doing the work.”

Lori has been a trailblazer in her three-plus decades in the industry. Named the first female GM in the history of ExxonMobil’s Beaumont refinery, Lori has been breaking gender barriers throughout her career— from the early days in the field at a Baton Rouge refinery to more diverse roles overseeing some of the most technically complex operations in the industry.

Lori joined Shell in May 2010, serving first as Manufacturing's Regional Vice President, Europe/Africa. In October 2013 she was named Executive Vice President, Manufacturing.

Three male and one female Shell employees walking in the workstation
HBJ recognized Lori in the Women of Influence category honoring top leaders of Houston energy companies

“I feel so fortunate to have worked for excellent companies and for and with a large number of people over those 32 years,” notes Lori. “They have truly supported, encouraged and challenged me, and provided a path for me to be able to develop into the person I am today.”

With her return back to Houston earlier this year, Lori looks forward to strengthening her public involvement and proudly representing Shell with the Houston business community. She recently joined the Advisory Board for Catalyst Inc., a national nonprofit that advocates for inclusive workplaces for women and will also serve as the senior Shell leader at the James A. Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.

To see Lori’s full profile and learn more about the Houston Business Journal’s Women in Energy Leadership Award.

More in About Us

Hurricane Evacuee Turned Shell Operator Counts Her Blessings

Shell Deer Park operator Christina Smith had to evacuate her home when Hurricane Rita hit. With a young daughter to care for, mounting medical bills and an unexpected job layoff, Smith went back to school for a process technology degree, landed a job at Shell and turned her life around.

You may also be interested in

Women's perspective

We’re committed to inspiring change in the workplace, and to creating opportunities for development and learning that are open to all our staff.

Diversity and inclusion

Today’s talent is more diverse than ever before. Having an inclusive work environment is key to engaging, developing and retaining that talent.