Matthias Bichsel became Director of the Projects & Technology business on July 1, 2009.
He joined Shell in late 1980 after obtaining a Doctorate in Earth Sciences from theUniversity of Basel, Switzerland.
His early career was spent on exploration assignments in Bangladesh, Oman, Canada,Indonesia and the Netherlands, interspersed with special projects in Head Offices.
In 1995, he was appointed Director of Petroleum Development Oman, looking afterexploration and deep oil field developments. In 1999, he transferred to Houston asManaging Director of Shell Deepwater Services, where he was involved in all aspects ofglobal deep-water exploration and development. In 2002 he was appointed ExecutiveVice President Exploration with responsibility for all of Shell’s global explorationactivities and performance.
Most recently, he held the position of Executive Vice President, Development andTechnology from 2006, where he was responsible for delivering reserves andproduction from new upstream projects, as well as the provision of research andtechnology to Shell’s Exploration and Production organisation.
In 2011, he was appointed Honorary Professor of the China University of Petroleum,Beijing.
He is member of the industry advisory board of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.