David Lawrence (Shell)

Former EVP of Shell Upstream Americas in Houston, Texas

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An experienced businessman in energy, oil and gas, David Lawrence most recently served Shell Upstream Americas in his capacity as executive vice president of exploration and commercial. Over his 4 year tenure with the corporation in this role, he carried out responsibilities linked to exploration, new business development, divestments and acquisitions.He played a lead role in Shell's gas monetization activities in the Americas, with responsibilities including LNG, gas to liquids, and gas to transport. Further, Lawrence's global roles for Royal Dutch Shell during this period included participation on the Shell Strategic Growth Forum and functional head of Shell Global Exploration. Prior to his role in Shell Upstream Americas, Lawrence worked in senior executive roles for Royal Dutch Shell as executive vice president of global exploration based in the Netherlands and as executive vice president investor relations based in London.

Following his retirement from Shell in 2013, David Lawrence joined the board of Stone Energy Corporation as a director.

David Lawrence actively participates in leadership roles in energy industry symposiums, panels and forums. He has authored more than 20 technical articles, book chapters and abstracts on topics ranging from deepwater exploration and development, to basin modeling to coal geology, and is co-editor of a book on global deepwater reservoirs. He was chairman for the European Association of Geologists and Engineers Annual Meeting in Amsterdam and was named an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer. His awards include an American Petroleum Institute Meritorious Service Award and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Wallace Pratt Award. He currently sits on the Yale Climate and Energy Institute Advisory Board and is a past board member of the National Ocean Industry Association, a past commissioner on the Aspen Institute Commission on the Arctic, and a past member of the API Upstream Committee.

Early in his career, Mr. Lawrence gained hands-on experience in the natural resources sector as a uranium geologist with Plateau Resources and as a coal geologist with the United States Geological Survey. He holds an undergraduate degree from Lawrence University as well as a graduate degree and doctorate from Yale University.

  • Work
    • Shell Upstream Americas
  • Education
    • Lawrence University