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Karrie Trauth

Chair of the Board and General Manager, Shipping and Maritime Americas


Since August 1, 2021, Karrie has been responsible for Shell's International shipping and maritime activities, including ships, barges, drilling units, floating production facilities and related operations. Her work spans Shell's entire business across upstream, downstream, projects and construction. She is a leading spokesperson on safety and the environment, improving the efficiency of shipping and maritime operations, and driving technology and innovation including digitalisation and decarbonisation.

A Shell cargo is loaded or discharged somewhere in the world every 5 minutes. The 2,000 floating assets comprise some of the most technically advanced on the oceans today and includes the largest LNG shipping fleet in the world with 20% of the global tonnage

Karrie joined Shell in 2012, initally as a project manager in Houston, followed by roles in London as manager and General Manager of Shell's Shipping and Maritime Technology and Innovation group globally before assuming her last position as GM Shipping & Maritime Americas.

Karrie began her career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy, serving as one of the first group of women assigned in combat ships. After completing her naval service, she joined Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans as the Engineering Manager for R&D, beginning a career in ship design and construction and ultimately had responsibility for running a shipyard, delivering for the US Navy Zumwalt class destroyers. 

Karrie is an Advisory Council Member of ABS, Chair of the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition and a Supervisory Board member at the UK Chamber of Shipping. She is a former Director of the Greater Houston Port Bureau and SIGGTO.

Born in the US, Karrie holds Bachelors and Masters engineering degrees from MIT, and an MBA from Georgetown University. She is married to Angela and lives in London.

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