Shell announced that Mr Ben van Beurden will step down as Chief Executive Officer at the end of 2022 and that his successor will be Mr Wael Sawan. Mr Wael’s appointment is effective 1 January 2023, when he will also join Shell’s Board of Directors. Mr Ben van Beurden will continue working as adviser to the Board until 30 June 2023, after which he will leave the group.Mr Wael is currently the Director Integrated Gas, Renewables and Energy Solutions, and was previously the Director Upstream. He is based in The Hague and has been a member of Shell’s Executive Committee (EC) for three years. Prior to joining EC, he was the Executive Vice President Deepwater and a member of the Upstream Leadership Team, and Executive Vice President Qatar and a member of the Integrated Gas Leadership Team. He has worked in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas during his 25-year Shell career, and has also held roles in Downstream Retail, and in various commercial and New Business Development projects.Mr Wael was born in Beirut in Lebanon and is a dual Lebanese-Canadian national. He grew up in Dubai and holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is married to Nicole and they have three sons.