Royal Dutch Shell has appointed its current upstream director Wael Sawan as new integrated gas and renewable and energy Solutions (R&ES) director.

Sawan, set to will remain a member of the company’s executive committee in his new role and continue to be based in the Netherlands, takes over from Maarten Wetselaar, who will leave the company after more than 25 years of service to become chief executive at Spanish oil firm Cepsa.