Simon Henry, who has been at Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) for 34 years, is to step down as chief financial officer (CFO) in March 2017. Mr Henry has been Shell’s CFO since 2009 and oversaw the energy company’s £35 billion takeover of BG Group, alongside chief executive Ben van Beurden. He will be succeeded by Jessica Uhl, the current Executive Vice President of Finance for Shell’s Integrated Gas business. Ms Uhl has held many finance leadership roles at Shell since joining in 2005 from Enron.
Ms Uhl, who will be based in the Netherlands, has been appointed as CFO with effect from 9 March 2017. She will be an Executive Director of the company and a member of its Executive Committee. Mr Henry said, “I have been privileged to spend the past 34 years working with great colleagues, in a great company… I wish Jessica every success in the role, and am confident that she and Shell will deliver a world class investment, in the most responsible and sustainable way.” The 2016 annual report will be signed by Mr Henry, after which he will hand over his duties. He will then remain available to Ms Uhl and the rest of the board, assisting with the transition until 30 June 2017.