2014 Industry Pioneer

C.R. (Charlie) Williams II

After a 40 year career at Shell, Charlie Williams retired in 2012 to become the Executive Director of the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) - an industry  association entirely focused on safety management.  Charlie led the creation of COS and received the OTC Special Citation plus the SPE HSSE Award for this work.

Charlie joined Shell in 1971 following graduation from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.   He achieved numerous senior  positions and in 2005 was appointed Chief Scientist which he held until retirement.  Charlie’s work focused on technically challenging well completions and drilling.  This included contributions to all Shell  Deepwater projects.  Notably, he developed high rate/high ultimate completion systems and developed confidence that world class production was possible.   

He served as VP Hurricane Recovery for Shell – including reconstruction of the Mars TLP.  The project was awarded the NOIA “Safety in the Seas Award”, UK  Energy Institute Award for Technology, and Offshore Engineering Project of the Year.  He also received the US DOI Corporate Citizenship Award for resolving the mooring failures that occurred during the hurricanes.

Charlie chaired the Industry Task Force for Subsea Well Control and Containment and served on the BSEE OESC FACA.   He led the establishment of the Marine Well Containment Company.  Charlie’s professional affiliations include being a life member of SPE and chair of many API committees. 

Charlie Williams’ many contributions have been significant in establishing Shell as a leader in technology and safe and responsible developments around the globe.  Charlie is respected and recognized throughout industry for his commitment to safe operations and ability to make technical contributions.