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LINDA COOK SHELL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF GAS & POWER

Linda Cook joined Shell in Houston in 1980, and has been chief executive of Shell Gas &amp; Power since 2000. She has also been a group managing director at the company.<br /><br />Born in Kansas City in 1958, Cook graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. She moved with her family to the Hague in 1998 to be a director of Strategy &amp; Business Development, and is still based there today. The 50-year-old, who is a keen skier, has three children with her husband Steve. She was named one of the world&rsquo;s most powerful businesswomen and is also the non-executive director at jet maker Boeing.<br /><br />One oil analyst praised her saying &ldquo;she managed to succeed in a heavily male-dominated role and it is a surprise that she chooses to leave now without her bonus&rdquo;. He added that she was a safe pair of hands to bring in during the reserves crisis.