Elisabeth Brinton, a utility-industry alum, helms oil major Shell’s new energies division.
She’s a key figure behind Shell’s commitment to becoming a net-zero company by 2050.
Known by her peers as a visionary, Brinton says she will take an approach grounded in data and centered on customers to get there.
Her vision for change within the slow-moving utility sector was met with tension in some of her prior roles.
Brinton was selected as one of Business Insider’s 100 people transforming business.
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Elisabeth Brinton doesn’t seem to have trouble reconciling her love for nature — shaped by an upbringing in the Pacific Northwest — with a top job at Royal Dutch Shell, the third-largest oil company in the West.
Perhaps that’s because, in her role overseeing the firm’s clean-energy business, she has an opportunity to push a large
Tackling carbon emissions is one of the biggest challenges faced by the world today. For big business, this means making a strategic and managed move towards increasing the use of renewable energy sources, as well as creating efficiencies across all aspects of their operations.
It’s a difficult task to manage alone, even for an enterprise on the scale of tech giant Microsoft or energy titan Shell. But working together creates new possibilities that go further than what it is likely they could accomplish individually. Beyond meeting their own zero-carbon commitments, there’s the opportunity to help other companies within their vast ecosystems of customers and suppliers to meet their environmental and safety goals, too.
This was the topic of a conversation I had this week with Judson Althoff, Microsoft’s executive vice