As part of Royal Dutch Shell’s reorganization, Marvin Odum, unconventional resources director and US country chair, will be leaving the company at the end of March after a 34-year career with Shell. Replacing Odum as US country chair and president of Shell Oil Co. will be Bruce Culpepper, who is currently executive vice president of human resources, unconventional resources, and regional coordination, effective April 1. Culpepper is also a 34-year veteran with the company.
Since joining Shell as an engineer in 1982, Odum has held a number of commercial and technical leadership roles of increasing responsibility. He has held the position of US country chair and president of Shell Oil Co. since 2008, and joined Royal Dutch Shell’s Executive Committee as Upstream Americas Director in July 2009.
In November 2015, Shell said that a restructuring of its upstream business would begin in January as part of the company’s acquisition and integration of BG Group. Concurrent with Odum’s departure, and also related to the company’s restructuring, the Athabasca Oil Sands Project and the Scotford Upgrader in Canada will join the global downstream organization under Downstream Director John Abbott; and the Shale Resources business will join the global upstream organization under Upstream Director Andy Brown. As a result of these changes, the Unconventional Resources Directorate will cease to exist.