Mayor names ex-head of Shell to lead Harvey recovery effort
HOUSTON | Houston’s mayor on Thursday chose the former head of U.S. operations for one of the world’s largest oil companies to lead the city’s Harvey recovery effort, hoping he’ll help make the city “more resilient” for when the next big storm hits.
Ex-Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum said he’ll work closely with state and federal officials, including Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp, tapped by the governor to lead the state’s recovery efforts.
Mr. Odum, who oversaw Shell’s recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina, said he’ll work to identify Houston’s specific needs, whether that is rebuilding housing or infrastructure.
“The quicker we get clearer on what ... the real priorities are for the city, then we work back to (state and federal governments, the private sector) to say, ‘Houston knows what it needs, it knows what comes first.’ That’s what maximizes your chances of getting those opportunities funded,” he said during a news conference.
Harvey dumped record rainfall on areas around Houston.