Vice President, Energy Transition Strategy, Shell US
Niel Golightly is Vice President, Energy Transition Strategy for Shell Oil Company, Royal Dutch Shell’s American subsidiary. His current focus is on Shell’s energy transition and climate change engagements and strategies in the U.S.
Previously he served as Shell’s Vice President of External Relations for the Americas and before that Vice President for Downstream Communications and Sustainable Development, based in London. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Houston Technology Center.
Niel joined Shell in July 2006, after a 13-year career at Ford Motor Company, where his positions included Director, Sustainable Business Strategies; Vice President, Public Affairs for Ford of Europe; and Director of the Chairman’s Office.
Before joining Ford, Niel served on active duty with the U.S. Navy, first as a fighter pilot then as a Pentagon speechwriter for General Colin Powell.
Niel received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Cornell University in the U.S. and later studied at the University of Konstanz in Germany as a Navy Olmsted Scholar.