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New Shell CEO Is a Smart Diplomat Who Faces Historic Challenges

  • Former colleagues say Sawan has cool head, technical knowledge
  • Shell’s next boss needs to navigate energy and climate crises
Wael Sawan
Wael SawanSource: Shell

Shell Plc’s next CEO is seen as natural choice who will follow the course laid out by his predecessor -- straight into a series of historic challenges. 

Wael Sawan, the head of gas and renewables who will take Shell’s top job on Jan. 1, will have to make good on the company’s promise to cut greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing profits from fossil fuels. He must also navigate the political fallout from a deepening energy crisis that has put the industry’s windfall profits in the cross-hairs of European governments.