Bill Leffler

Corporate Planning, Chemicals, Shell Refining

He earned a BS – Industrial Management from M.I.T. and an MBA and PhD from New York University. Meanwhile, in the U.S. Navy, he worked as a ship superintendent at the N.Y. Naval Shipyard. Then he then joined Royal Dutch Shell where he worked for 36 years.

During that time he worked in Transportation and Supplies, the Wood River Refinery, Head Office Refining, and Shell Chemicals – Olefins and Aromatics; he was Natural Gas Liquids Manager, Gasoline Business Manager, Corporate Planning Manager, and Consulting Services Manager. Later he moved to London to become Lead Strategist for Shell North Sea Exploration & Production.

Leffler has lectured at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University School of International Studies, Southern Methodist University Business School, and the University of Houston Business School. In addition, he teaches in-house courses in nontechnical language for industrial clients on refining, petrochemicals, upstream oil & gas, and natural gas liquids.

Leffler has authored or co-authored seven books on the petroleum industry, including  Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language (PennWell 4th ed. 2008); Petrochemicals in Non-technical Language (PennWell 4th ed. 2010), Oil & Gas Pipelines in Nontechnical Language (PennWell 2006); Oil & Gas Production in Nontechnical Language (PennWell 2005), which was awarded the outstanding Academic title by Choice Magazine, the leading journal for academic libraries; Natural Gas Liquids – a Nontechnical Guide (PennWell 2014);  Deepwater Exploration & Production – a Nontechnical Guide (PennWell 2nd ed.  2011), the 10-DVD set Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language (PennWell 2012), and The Technology & Economics of the US LPG Industry (PennWell 1973), adapted  from his PhD thesis and his favorite book, the satire Romancing the Scone – Finding Our Way in a Land Full of Brits (Authorhaus 2004). He has written numerous articles for journals and trade magazines. He is past president of the Houston Strategic Planning Association and of the Houston chapter of the International Energy Economists Association.