Jessica has over 20 years of experience primarily in the commercial and finance fields in banking and the energy sector. She started her career with Citibank in San Francisco as a financial analyst and also worked in commercial and real estate finance, financing small to medium sized companies as well as affordable housing projects in CaliforniaÂ
In 1997, Jessica joined Enron in Houston as part of their MBA associate program, starting in the Caribbean Basin team. At Enron, she worked on the development and acquisition of energy infrastructure projects, including gas pipelines, LNG liquefaction plants and power assets, and led the acquisition of a power plant in Panama. After acquiring the power plant, Jessica worked on developing the power market in Central America, based in Panama City, Panama, where she led the first cross border power transactions involving the private sector. Jessica then joined the corporate M&A team based in Houston where she worked on and led a number of acquisitions and divestments in the energy sector in the US and Europe, including working with bankrupt estate post bankruptcy.Â
In 2004, Jessica joined Shell and has worked across the company, in Downstream, Upstream and Corporate roles, over the last 10 years. Jessica started as the Finance Manager for Shellâ€™s solar business based in Amsterdam. She then became the VP of Business Development for Shell Renewables where she led the sale of the solar business and restructured other equity interests in the renewable sector. Jessica moved to the Group Reporting team as the Head of External Reporting, responsible for preparing Shellâ€™s external financial reporting, working in the Hague. After this role, Jessica became the VP Finance for Shell Lubricants based in London leading the finance team and as a member of the leadership team for the global business. She then became the Controller of Shellâ€™s Upstream business, located in the Hague, overseeing the controller function with 500 staff globally. In 2013, she moved to the Unconventionals business in Houston, responsible for leading the finance team for the unconventionals business in North and South America during a period of significant change. Jessica was most recently appointed Executive Vice President, Finance for Shellâ€™s Upstream business in the Americas, leading the finance organization supporting all of Shellâ€™s Upstream operations in North and South America and will be based in Houston.Â
Jessica grew up in California and attended UC Berkeley as a Chancellorâ€™s scholar where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Political Economy. During her undergraduate studies, she held internships with a state and US Senator. Jessica obtained her MBA from Insead in Fontainebleau in 1997. Before going to Insead, she took a number of months off to sail from San Francisco to Panama on a 37 foot sail boat with one other person.Â
Jessica is married to Michael and they have 3 children aging from 6 to 12. In her free time, she spends most of her time with her children and recently started horseback riding lessons with them. When she gets a moment, she enjoys playing the piano, gardening and reading.