SHELL has appointed a veteran of its international operations to be the next head of its North Sea business.

Simon Roddy will succeed Steve Phimister, who has led the North Sea operation since 2017.

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Mr Roddy joined Shell as a petroleum engineer based out of Aberdeen in 1993. He is deputy managing director of its onshore oil and gas operation in Nigeria.

Shell’s UK chair since September 2016, Sinead Lynch, will become head of low carbon fuels. She will be succeeded by David Bunch, who has held senior roles in its retail business.

Mr Phimister’s next job has not been announced.

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Shell has launched a cost-cutting drive that will take a toll on jobs in Scotland. In January the company announced plans to shed around 330 jobs in the UK North Sea business, which is run from Aberdeen.