"I hope that my achievement is an inspiration for young technical female professionals looking to achieve the hallmarks of excellence in their careers"

Ceri Powell, Shell's Executive Vice President Upstream International Exploration

The highly competitive annual list, published by Fortune Magazine, recognises the most powerful women in business across the globe. In this issue, Fortune has created a ranking for two segments of the world where women are making the most progress: Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and the Asia-Pacific region.

As one of the most senior women in the energy industry today, Ceri’s nomination in the EMEA list was once again based on her leadership role in defining global RDS oil and gas exploration growth strategies. In the past one year, Ceri has led the Exploration business to a number of success including discoveries in Malaysia and Australia.

“Congratulations to Ceri on her achievement," said Shell’s Upstream International Director Andy Brown. "It is great to see the external world recognize Ceri’s leadership within Shell has benefited from and valued for many years".

“It is an honour to be recognised by Fortune for a second time, alongside my esteemed peers,” says Ceri. “I hope that my achievement is an inspiration for young technical female professionals looking to achieve the hallmarks of excellence in their careers”.

Since joining Shell in 1990, Ceri has worked in the UK, Angola, Malaysia, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates. Ceri has been the Executive Vice President Exploration, Shell Upstream International since 2009, and in 2013 her role was expanded to Global Functional Head of Exploration. She also serves on the United Nations Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy for All, chaired by the UN Secretary General.

In April 2014, Ceri was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Carillion Plc, bringing experience of emerging markets and HSE. She serves on the Audit, Remuneration, Nomination and Business Integrity Committees and will be Chairperson of the Sustainability Committee in 2015.

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