Mark Gainsborough joined Shell in 1980. He has experience in all parts of the downstream oil business, having worked in sales, marketing, supply chain, trading, strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, and business development. He was appointed to lead the newly created New Energies business for Shell in June 2016 and is now based in The Hague, Netherlands.
In his previous role as Executive Vice President (EVP) Global Commercial, Mark was based in Singapore and was responsible for Shell’s Global Lubricants, Aviation Fuel, Bitumen & Sulphur businesses. This involved leading a team of 8,500 people operating in 30+ countries.
Prior to this, Mark was the EVP responsible for Shell’s Downstream strategy, mergers, acquisitions and divestments and Alternative Energy. He was the deal executive for a number of multi-billion dollar transactions including the formation of the Raizen JV in Brazil, a world leader in the production of biofuels.
Outside Shell his professional interests include the healthcare sector, serving for five years as a non-executive director of one of the UK’s National Health Service Trusts. He also served for several years as a board member of the European Petroleum Industry Association and the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership in the UK. He has worked extensively on a range of environmental and sustainability issues and a few years ago completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy. He is a Fellow of the UK Energy Institute.
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