The digital transformation of Shell

April 13, 2021

During this Virtual Round Table, Merijn Backx, VP Enterprise IT Strategy & Planning at Shell, takes you through the digital transformation of his organization, specifically focusing on topics such as cloud, agility, culture and the (digital) workplace.

  • Small scaled peer session
  • Open diaglogue by means of the Chatham House Rule
  • Insights in handling digital transformation in complex operating area's like Shell's
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Merijn Backx

VP Enterprise IT Strategy & Planning

Merijn Backx is responsible for Shell's global IT strategy, where he has worked almost his entire working life. Through various positions in the field of IT and ERP, he was the program manager NextGen ERP between December 2018 and July 2019. He started in his current position in August 2019.


Few industries will be under as much pressure to change in the coming years as the oil industry. In line with this, Shell announced a large-scale strategic reorientation with the aim of moving through the energy transition as a healthy company and being future-proof. Digitization plays an essential role in this and enables Shell to create new sources of income, better serve customers, increase productivity and reduce costs.


Shell is a large organisation, with no fewer than 83,000 employees spread over 140 countries, and its history has an enormous and complex IT landscape. To create speed, Shell uses a cloud-first strategy with a multi-cloud approach. However, the success of her transition involves more than just making the right choices and investments in technology: culture and people are key. A factor in this is now that a large part of the employees work from home. In the midst of this complex and dynamic playing field, how does Shell interpret its digital transformation?


16:55 | Dial in on Teams link
17.00 | Start program, including presentation & discussion
18.30 | End


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