Jeremy Bentham

Vice President of Business Environment, Royal Dutch Shell


Jeremy has been in the energy business for over 30 years. He is currently responsible for Shell’s Global Business Environment team, which is best known for developing Shell’s Scenarios to support strategic thinking and direction-setting.

A graduate of Oxford University where he read physics, Jeremy joined Shell in 1980 following post-graduate experience at the California Institute of Technology. He also holds a masters degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Sloan Fellow from 1990 to 1991.

Following experience in both research and technology process design, Jeremy worked in the areas of manufacturing economics, industry analysis and commercial information technology. He then held line management positions coordinating commercial and production activities at a number of refinery facilities. Subsequently he became manager of corporate strategy analysis within the Corporate Centre of the Shell Group, and then led a strategic project for Shell’s Exploration and Production Business.

Jeremy joined the leadership team of Shell’s global commercial technology company, Shell Global Solutions in 1999, with specific responsibility for commercial and strategic developments including new business. He was subsequently appointed as chief executive of Shell Hydrogen and then assumed his current role in 2006.

Jeremy is married to an American artist, and they have three children ranging from 33 to 16 years old. He is a season-ticket holder at Everton football club, is deeply interested in theatre, and passionate about encouraging young people through his church community.

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