Skip to content

David Lawrence (Shell)

  • PhD in Geology


    After earning his MS and PhD in geology from Yale University, David Lawrence joined Shell Oil Company as a research geologist in its Houston office. By the end of his eight-year tenure in its research and development division, he had advanced to research manager for Basin Analysis, focused on the emerging Deepwater Gulf of Mexico play, basin modeling, and prospect evaluation. Subsequently relocating to New Orleans, David Lawrence accepted an appointment as chief geologist and new play manager for Shell US Deepwater and Shelf Divisions. Over the course of his extensive career at Shell, David Lawrence also served as vice president of its Offshore Properties and Capital unit, general manager of its Find and Development Company, and vice president of exploration and development for the US. He additionally spent two years in London, first as vice president of corporate strategy and then as executive vice president of investor relations, and three years in The Hague as executive vice president of global exploration for Royal Dutch Shell. He retired from the company after four years as executive vice president of exploration and commercial in its Upstream Americas division. In this role he also served as functional head of Global Exploration. More recently, Mr. Lawrence accepted a position to serve on the board of directors at Stone Energy Corporation. He also sits on the advisory board of the Yale Climate and Energy Institute and previously served as the Membership Committee Chair of National Ocean Industry Association.

    Professional experience

    Executive Vice President Exploration and Commercial

    Shell Upstream Americas

    January 2009 - January 2013(4 years)



    Yale University

    January 1980 - January 1984(4 years)


    Lawrence Univerity

    January 1974 - January 1977(3 years)