Richard, also known as Rich, boasts an impressive academic background, holding a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University in the United States. He continued his education, earning Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, Petroleum Technology from Curtin University in Australia, and Business Administration from Duke University, also in the US.
His professional journey with Shell began in 2002 as a Pressure Equipment Engineer at the Saraland refinery in Alabama, later transitioning to a similar role at the Norco Chemical Complex near New Orleans, Louisiana. Rich then served as a Project Engineer within the Shell Unconventional Resource and Energy team in Colorado, contributing to a significant oil shale development project. Following the successful launch of this initiative, he shifted to Shell’s Deepwater division, initially as a technical specialist supporting subsea operations and pipeline flow assurance in the Gulf of Mexico.