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Shell Announces Changes To Alaska Venture

Anchorage Office Adds Personnel - A familiar face moves on

Shell Exploration and Production recently completed a global restructuring that significantly impacts the make-up of the Shell Alaska Venture. 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. The new Shell Alaska organization will further centralize decision making and streamline internal reporting relationships.

Pete Slaiby, formerly General Manager of Shell’s Alaska Venture, has been promoted to Vice President of the Alaska Venture. Before arriving in Alaska in May of 2008, Slaiby was Asset Manger for Shell’s production operation in Brunei. A 29-year Shell veteran, Slaiby started his career with Shell in New Orleans working in the Gulf of Mexico as a Petrophysical Field Engineer.  He later moved into a Surveillance Engineering role in the Gulf of Mexico and completed his assignment in New Orleans working on frontier development concepts in the Florida Gulf. 

In 1984, Pete moved to the Shell subsidiary, Pecten International, where his assignments in various development and production operations roles took him to Houston, Syria, Brazil and Cameroon. In 1999, he was assigned the role of Asset Manager for the Southern North Sea gas business in Lowestoft, Suffolk (UK).  Prior to his move to Alaska Pete was Asset Manager of Shell’s Brunei business, one of the oldest business relationships in the Shell Group.

With his move to Alaska in 2008 Slaiby replaced Rob Ryan, who served as Vice President of the Shell Alaska Venture until July of 2007. In his role as Vice President, Slaiby will continue to manage Shell’s exploration and production activities in Alaska, including Shell’s continued efforts to develop relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.

Brent Ross - Alaska Operations Manager - Brent Ross joined the Shell Alaska Venture in December 2009. Ross has enjoyed a distinguished 28-year career with Shell dating back to his first job as a well engineer based in Calgary, Canada. Ross is an especially good for the Alaska Venture as he has spent the vast majority of his time at Shell working in Arctic and sub-Arctic environments. As part of the Alaska Venture, Brent will be responsible for managing Shell’s drilling operations in a safe, environmentally responsible manner while meeting both operator and external stakeholder expectations. 

Charlie Williams II - Alaska Well Delivery Manager - C.R. (Charlie) Williams has been named Well Delivery Manager for the Shell Alaska Venture and also serves as Chief Scientist, Well Engineering and Production Technology for Shell worldwide. A 38-year Shell employee, Charlie was appointed to the position of Alaska Well Delivery Manager in January 2010 and Chief Scientist in 2005.

Williams has a long history of working in challenging environments, including having served as Vice President of the Gulf of Mexico Hurricane Recovery project with primary responsibility for the reconstruction of the Mars Tension Leg Platform. This project was awarded the NOIA Safety in the Seas Award, the UK Energy Institute Award for Technology, the Offshore Engineering Project of the Year, as well as being the subject of a Discovery Channel Special Program.  

Steve Phelps - Alaska Exploration and Appraisal Manager - Steve Phelps is the newest member of the Shell Alaska team having joined the Venture in January 2010.  Phelps brings with him 26 years of industry experience, including leadership roles in exploration and geoscience with BP and later, Shell. Phelps has worked in virtually every Australian onshore and offshore basin, Oman, Africa, the North Sea and deep water Angola. 

Phelps will be responsible for acquiring and interpreting sub-surface data from Shell’s Alaska lease holdings.  Steve replaces the former Alaska Exploration and Appraisal Manger, Chandler Wilhelm who will now assume the Exploration Manager role for the entirety of Shell’s lower 48 onshore exploration program.

Gary Cameron - Shell Alaska Joint Venture Manager - Gary Cameron joined the Alaska Venture in August 2009 following 15 years overseas where he served in various E&P commercial roles related to Shell's operations in Syria, Sakhalin, Jordan and Iraq. Cameron has spent 29 years with Shell and began his career in Houston as a Landman in 1981. In 1987 Cameron moved to Pecten International Company where his assignments in various commercial roles spanned 22 years. 

Gary’s primary duties as part of the Alaska Venture include providing the Shell leadership team with commercial advice; negotiating strategy and support, including preparation and negotiation of various forms of commercial agreements in support of venture business plan objectives.

Marc Stone  - Senior Legal Counsel - Marc Stone has been providing legal support for Shell’s Alaska Venture since Shell re-entered Alaska in 2005. Marc and his family recently relocated to Anchorage from Houston, Texas where he has been working for Shell since 2000. Stone is a University of Texas School of Law graduate and was in private practice for eight years prior to joining Shell.

Laurie Becwar - Human Resources Manager - Laurie Becwar joined Shell in 2008 after 20 years of HR experience working largely for Alaska healthcare and energy organizations. A third-generation Alaskan, Laurie is a one of several University of Alaska graduates working at Shell, having earned her MBA at UAF in 1997. Laurie holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

Gary Becker - Alaska Finance Manager - Gary Becker is the incoming Finance Manager for the Alaska Venture.  Gary has extensive experience working for Shell Exploration & Production including assignments in accounting, auditing, financial management and business planning. His most recent assignment was in Houston as the Upstream Americas Business Planning Coordinator. Gary has worked for Shell in Houston, New Orleans, West Africa, and soon will be moving to the Anchorage, Alaska office. Gary graduated from Montana State University and is an Accredited Petroleum Accountant.

Cam Toohey - Government Affairs Manager - A lifelong Alaskan, Cam Toohey has worked for Shell since the company re-entered Alaska in 2005. Cam was formerly special assistant to the Department of Interior for Alaska and has a long history of working oil and gas projects in the state. A University of Washington graduate, Cam will continue to work with lawmakers and regulators both in-state and in Washington, D.C., to advance the Shell Alaska project. 

Additionally, Shell Alaska Asset Manager, Rick Fox, will be leaving the Shell Alaska Venture when he officially retires in September, 2010. A 35-year Shell employee, Fox has close ties to Alaska having served as drilling foreman when Shell first drilled exploratory wells in the Bering, Beaufort and Chukchi Seas in the 1980’s and 90’s. Fox was among the first Shell employees tapped to be part of the leadership team when Shell re-entered Alaska in 2005. He and his wife, Cyndie, plan to remain in Alaska.

Contact: Curtis Smith - Tel: 907-646-7182 Curtis.Smith@shell.com