Donald G. Russell
Donald G. Russell is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SONAT Exploration Company in Houston. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Sam Houston State University and the University of Oklahoma, respectively. Mr. Russell Joined Shell Oil Company as a petroleum engineer in 1955 and worked in reservoir engineering research in the Shell Development Company E&P Research Laboratory from 1959 through 1965. In 1965, he returned to Shell Oil Company. He became Vice President, Corporate Planning for Shell in 1977 and in 1978 became head of Shell Oil's International E&P Region. In 1980 he became Vice President. Production, and in 1986, President of Shell Development Company with responsibility for all of Shells R&D effort. Mr. Russell retired from Shell in 1987.
He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has been awarded the John Franklin Carll Award, the DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal and Honorary Membership from SPE. He is an Honorary Member of AIME.