John Hofmeister was named president of Houston-based Shell Oil Company in March 2005.
A business leader who has observed and participated in the inner workings of general industries for more than 30 years, Hofmeister has held key positions in General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International), in addition to Shell. In his current role, Hofmeister heads the US Country Leadership Team, which includes the leaders of all Shell businesses operating in the United States.
Hofmeister believes that to ensure U.S. energy for the future, the energy industry must address the delicate balance between energy production and consumption with increased supply. He calls for a full array of energy sources: conventional oil and gas—including access to resources presently off limits in offshore waters and on federal lands—as well as unconventional oil and gas from oil shale and oil sand. In addition, he encourages development of clean fossil fuels and alternative and renewable energy sources, while conducting business in socially and environmentally responsible ways.
Hofmeister earned a master’s degree in political science from Kansas State University. During his career, he has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Asia. Hofmeister is a member of the Department of Energy’s new Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. He also currently serves on the boards of the American Petroleum Institute, United States Energy Association, National Association of Manufacturers, National Urban League and the Foreign Policy Association, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources.