Hydrogen Business Development Manager
North America Shell New Energies
Wayne Leighty was appointed Business Development Manager for Hydrogen Mobility in 2017, where he is developing hydrogen fuel for fuel cell electric vehicles in North America. Wayne joined Shell’s Alaska Exploration Venture in 2010, first as a Commercial Regulatory Analyst securing license to operate, and then as Business Planner for the venture. He has also been a Manager in Commercial Finance, serving as the internal CFO/investment-Bank/transaction service provider for acquisitions and divestments.
Prior to joining Shell, Wayne worked as an environmental economics consultant on damage cost modelling, as General Manager for a whitewater rafting company, and as Chief of Staff for an Alaska Senator. The latter occurred during major revisions to oil and gas tax policy, negotiation of a $30 billion natural gas pipeline contract, and in the context of increasing oil price. Wayne’s leading role on these policy decisions led to his desire to work in the energy industry, and to graduate study at the University of California Davis in Transportation Technology (MS, PhD), economics (MS), and business (MBA).
Wayne grew up in Alaska, surrounded by natural resource industries (forestry, mining, fisheries, oil and gas) and exploring as a wilderness guide. Curiosity about the foundation of these endeavours led him to study environmental science and economics at Brown University. Wayne is married with two young children and enjoys all manner of outdoor activities.
Tuesday, September 24
3:40 PM – 4:40 PM