Shell to combine LNG and upstream businesses in CEO’s overhaul

Shell will combine its oil and gas production and liquefied natural gas (LNG) division as part of Chief Executive Officer Wael Sawan’s changes to the energy giant’s structure.

The new division, which combines Shell’s most profitable operations, will be headed by current upstream director Zoe Yujnovich, Shell said in a statement on Monday.

Sawan took office on Jan. 1 after heading Shell’s integrated gas division, which included Shell’s LNG and renewables businesses.

Under the internal restructure, renewables operations will be combined with Shell’s oil refining and marketing operations led by current downstream director Huibert Vigeveno, the company said.

“Fewer interfaces mean greater cooperation, discipline and speed, enabling us to focus on strengthening performance across the businesses and generating strong returns for our investors,” Sawan said in the statement.

The changes will take effect on July 1.

Shell last underwent a major overhaul in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 which saw then-CEO Ben van Beurden cut over 10% of the company’s workforce as part of his push to steer the company towards the energy transition.