By Sarah Kent and Rory Gallivan

LONDON-- Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Thursday said Simon Henry will step down as chief financial officer next year after he steered the Anglo-Dutch oil major through the acquisition of BG Group and a tumultuous period of low oil prices.

Mr. Henry will be replaced by Jessica Uhl, who is currently finance chief for the company's Integrated Gas business--a core focus following on from the deal with BG, which bolstered Shell's already sizable position in the liquefied natural gas business.

Mr. Henry will remain in his current position until March 9 and will be available to assist with the transition until June, Shell said Thursday.

The handover ends a varied career of more than 30 years at the company and over seven as CFO, culminating with the execution of Shell's roughly $50 billion acquisition of BG at a time of sharply falling prices.

Ms. Uhl joined Shell in 2004, following stints at Enron and Citigroup. She's a rare American appointment to Shell's executive level, which has historically been dominated by British and Dutch individuals.

Rory Gallivan contributed to this article.

Write to Sarah Kent at sarah.kent@wsj.com and Rory Gallivan at rory.gallivan@wsj.com

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December 15, 2016 03:31 ET (08:31 GMT)

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