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John Hofmeister, Speaker

John Hofmeister

    • Former Shell Oil President
    • Founder and Chief Executive of Citizens for Affordable Energy
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John Hofmeister Speaker Biography


John Hofmeister, upon retirement from Shell Oil Company in 2008, founded and heads the not-for-profit (501(c)(3) ), nation-wide membership association, Citizens for Affordable Energy. This Washington, D.C.-registered, public policy education firm promotes sound U.S. energy security solutions for the nation, including a range of affordable energy supplies, efficiency improvements, essential infrastructure, sustainable environmental policies and public education on energy issues.

John Hofmeister was named President of Houston-based Shell Oil Company in March 2005, heading the U.S. Country Leadership Team, which included the leaders of all Shell businesses operating in the United States. He became President after serving as Group Human Resource Director of the Shell Group, based in The Hague, The Netherlands.

As Shell President, Hofmeister launched an extensive outreach program, unprecedented in the energy industry, to discuss critical global energy challenges. The program included an 18 month, 50-city tour across the country during which Hofmeister led 250 other Shell leaders to meet with more than 15,000 business, community and civic leaders, policymakers, and academics to discuss what must be done to ensure affordable, available energy for the future.

A business leader who has participated in the inner workings of multiple industries for over 35 years, Hofmeister also has held executive leadership positions in General Electric, Nortel and AlliedSignal (now Honeywell International).

Hofmeister serves as the Chairman of the National Urban League and is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee. He serves as non-executive Director of the Hunting PLC, London, UK, Lufkin Industries Inc. and the Sodexo North America Business Advisory Board. He is Senior Advisor to two energy start-ups: Liberty Power of Fort Lauderdale, Fl and NewEarth Technologies of Seattle, WA. Hofmeister also serves on the boards of the Foreign Policy Association, Strategic Partners, LLC, the Gas Technology Institute and the Center for Houston’s Future. Hofmeister is a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He also is a past Chairman and serves as a Director of the Greater Houston Partnership. Hofmeister is active in education serving Advisory Boards at the University of Houston and the University of North Texas. He is also a Director of the Texas Education Reform Committee.

  • How The United States Achieves Both Energy Security and Affordability.
    After spending 25 years in energy-consuming companies like GE and Notel, and 10 years in energy-producing companies like Shell Oil, John Hofmeister learned a lot about energy, where it comes from, and how nervous it makes people. In this straight-shooting presentation, Hofmeister reveals how the U.S. can achieve a more affordable energy supply, with technology and innovation for energy efficiency, and more environmental stewardship for sustainability. With a non-partisan approach, he offers practical, understandable ideas on the entire spectrum of energy, from green to coal to gas, and solutions you wouldn't expect from a former CEO of Shell Oil.
  • The Future of Energy: Straight Talk from an Energy Insider
    Having worked in energy-related industries for 35 years, John Hofmeister former CEO of Shell Oil is able to explain U.S. energy policy from an insider's perspective. Find out how the U.S. can achieve affordable energy, more energy efficiency and environmental stewardship for sustainability. With a non-partisan approach, he offers practical, easy-to-understand advice on all forms of energy, macro trends and solutions you wouldn't expect from a former Shell Oil executive.

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