Marvin Odum (born December 13, 1958) is the currently president of Shell Oil Company and a director of Royal Dutch Shell. As a member of Shell’s Executive Committee, he oversees upstream company-wide business operations for North and South America. Odum holds positions of board leadership and participation in the Business Roundtable, Council of the Americas, US Climate Action Partnership and the American Petroleum Institute. Odum is a trustee of the National Urban League and serves as a commissioner on Aspen Institute’s Dialogue and Commission on Arctic Climate Change.
He is a Steering Committee member for the Energy, Security, Innovation, and Sustainability Initiative of The Council On Competitiveness. Odum is a member of the Dean’s Council of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Advisory Board of the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas. Odum began his Shell career as an engineer in 1982, and has since served in a number of management positions of increasing responsibility in both technical and commercial aspects of energy.
Testifying on the BP Oil Spill
On June 15, 2010, Odum testified in front of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. He stated that President Obama's six month moratorium on offshore oil drilling would impose serious hardships on the American people and that "shying away from oil and gas development during the transition is not the answer."