Shell revives dedicated corporate affairs role

Two years on from the Brent Spar incident, and amid continuing negative media coverage over its environmental policies, Shell UK has decided to appoint a dedicated corporate affairs director.

Two years on from the Brent Spar incident, and amid continuing

negative media coverage over its environmental policies, Shell UK has

decided to appoint a dedicated corporate affairs director.



The remit of the oil giant’s current corporate affairs director, Alan

Goldsmith, covers finance and human resources as well as the top PR

role.



But from January, his successor John Mills will concentrate solely on

corporate affairs. Managers of eight public affairs departments,

including media and communications manager Fran Morrison, will all

report to him.



Goldsmith’s predecessor, John Wybrew, had the same responsibilities as

Mills.



’Corporate affairs is such an important area for us,’ said a Shell

spokeswoman.



’We felt we had to have a director with sole responsibility for it.’



Goldsmith is to take charge of finance services for the newly-formed

Shell European Oil Products organisation.



Mills has been general manager, trading, supply and distribution for

Shell UK’s Downstream oil products division for two years. This involved

managing Shell’s retail interests in the UK. He was also involved in

putting together the deal which saw Shell buying the UK marketing

interests of Mobil.



Agency Charles Barker is currently conducting an image audit for Shell

which will dovetail with a planned advertising campaign for all North

Sea oil and gas producers, under the aegis of the UK Offshore Operators

Association.



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