Russell Alton is Head of Finance at Equinor and leads a number of the CFO functions, including Capital Markets, Treasury, Debt IR, Structured Finance, Financial Item Accounting, Reporting & Control, Insurance and Asset Management ($12bn under management). Finance comprises a team of 75 based across Norway, the UK, Belgium and the US. Prior to this role, Russell led the M&A team at Equinor from August 2014 to September 2016, originating and executing a number of transactions globally. Russell joined Equinor from Centrica plc, where Russell ran the global M&A team from February 2009 to August 2014. In this role, Russell executed over 55 transactions globally across the energy sector value chain. Prior to Centrica, Russell pursued an advisory career in Investment Banking (Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, HSBC Investment Bank) and Management Consulting (McKinsey). Most recently, Russell led Merrill Lynch’s investment banking focus on the upstream Energy clients in the EMEA region. Russell is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a graduate of Cambridge University.