Wael Sawan was appointed Chief Executive Officer on 1 January, 2023. He was previously Director, Integrated Gas, Renewables and Energy Solutions. He has been a member of the Executive Committee (EC) since 2019, when he was appointed Upstream Director. Wael joined Shell in 1997 and has worked in each of Shell's core business units: Upstream, Integrated Gas and Downstream. In his time with Shell, he has served in critical roles including Vice President for Commercial, New Business and LNG in Qatar, Managing Director and Chairman of the Qatar Shell companies and Executive Vice President of Shell’s Deep Water business. Wael was born in Lebanon and grew up in the United Arab Emirates and Canada. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from McGill University in Montreal and an MBA from Harvard Business School.