John Hofmeister

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John Hofmeister
Occupation Founder and CEO
Employer Citizens for Affordable Energy
Location Washington D.C.

John Hofmeister is founder and CEO of Citizens for Affordable Energy, a public policy advocacy firm that promotes sound U.S. energy security solutions, including a range of affordable energy supplies, efficiency improvements, essential infrastructure, sustainable environmental policy, and public education on energy issues.

Hofmeister served as president of Houston-based Shell Oil Company in March 2005 until retiring in July 2008, and head of the U.S. Country Leadership Team, which included the leaders of all Shell businesses operating in the United States. He became president after serving as group human resource director of the Shell Group, based in The Hague, The Netherlands.

As Shell President, Hofmeister launched an extensive outreach program to discuss critical global energy challenges. The program included an 18-month, 50-city tour across the country during which Hofmeister and other Shell leaders met with more than 15,000 business, community and civic leaders, policymakers, and academics to discuss what must be done to ensure affordable, available energy for the future.


Hofmeister serves as chairman of the National Urban League and is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee.

He also serves on the boards of the Foreign Policy Association, United States Energy Association and National Association of Manufacturers. Hofmeister is a fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources. He also served as 2007 Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership.


Hofmeister earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in political science from Kansas State University.