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In Harvey's Wake

Watch: A conversation with Marvin Odum, Houston's chief recovery officer

We hosted an interview in Austin with Marvin Odum, chief recovery officer for the city of Houston. Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith moderated.

In Harvey's Wake

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Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith sat down with Marvin Odum, chief recovery officer for the city of Houston, for a live event in Austin on Thursday.

Odum was appointed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in 2017 to lead the city's recovery effort from the historic damage it suffered as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Previously, he served as chairman and president of Shell Oil Company and as an executive committee member of Royal Dutch Shell, where he directed a broad portfolio, from traditional oil and gas development to emerging technologies in a wide range of areas, including heavy oil, onshore gas, light tight oil, deepwater, wind and biofuels. Odum also served as CEO of InterGen, a global power development and generation company. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member for the National Urban League.

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