Kelly Ripley completed a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish in 2001, Master of Science in Accountancy in 2002 from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctor from South Texas College of Law in 2007. She is a former certified public accountant and licensed attorney in the State of Texas. She began her career with ExxonMobil where she worked in the upstream international federal tax and severance tax departments and the tax law appeals and litigation group after completing law school.
In 2008, Kelly joined Shell Oil Company and has held various positions including commercial lead for Alaska and Latin America, Chemicals Commercial Manager, Business Opportunity Manager for the Americas, and US and Mexico Gulf of Mexico Commercial Advisor. In these roles, she has been responsible for managing current asset commercial agreements and supporting acquisition and divestment activity to optimize the respective portfolio.
Currently, Kelly is the Asset Commercial Manager for Shell Iraq and manages all key commercial interests of the Shell Iraq JV interest in Basrah Gas Company, supports the JV in maximizing its license value through a range of opportunities (upstream gas supply, liquids processing and extraction, domestic supply and exports to regional and global markets), manages the interface with potential petrochemical opportunities, and supports further development and execution of Shell Iraq’s growth strategy.
Her career highlights include working with multi-discipline and ad hoc teams from Shell internal businesses to grow, and subsequently dilute, the unconventional and offshore portfolios in South America, leading fiscal and regulatory negotiations for deepwater operations in Colombia, maximizing the Aromatics commercial margin for the Deer Park petrochemicals plant, and performing stakeholder value proposition analysis in Alaska and South America.
Kelly has been a member of AIPN since 2009 and currently serves as the MENA Regional Chapter Director. She is also a member of the Model Contracts Workshop Committee, Model Contracts Review Committee, and the Asset Purchase Agreement Drafting Committee. Formerly, she was a part of AIPN Young Negotiators.