Royal Dutch Shell PLC

Royal Dutch Shell PLC

Sector: Crude Petroleum And Natural Gas Region: TX, United States

: | New York Stock Exchange: RDS.A

Shell is one of the world’s largest independent oil and gas companies in terms of market capitalisation, operating cash flow and oil and gas production. We aim to sustain our strong operational performance and continue our investments primarily in countries that have the necessary infrastructure, expertise and remaining growth potential.


Jorma Ollila, Chairman
Born August 15, 1950. A Finnish national, appointed Chairman of the Company with effect from June 2006. He started his career at Citibank in London and Helsinki, before moving in 1985 to Nokia, where he became Vice President of International Operations.In 1986, he was appointed Senior Vice President Finance and between 1990 and 1992 he served as President of Nokia Mobile Phones. Between 1992 and 1999 he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia, and from 1999 to June 2006 he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Up until May, 2012 he was Chairman of the Board of Nokia.
Hans Wijers, Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director
Born January 11, 1951. A Dutch national, appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company with effect from January 2009. Up until April, 2012 he was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management of Akzo Nobel N.V. He joined Akzo Nobel N.V. in 2002 as a Board member, and was appointed Chairman in 2003. He obtained a PhD in economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam while teaching there. Later, he became Managing Partner of The Boston Consulting Group. He served as Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs from 1994 to 1998, after which he returned to The Boston Consulting Group as Senior Partner until his appointment as a Board member of Akzo Nobel N.V. He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AFC Ajax N.V., a member of the Supervisory Board of Heineken N.V., a trustee of various charities and a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists.
Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer
Ben van Beurden became Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with effect from January 1, 2014. Ben joined Shell in 1983, after graduating with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Ben’s career in Shell spans both Upstream and Downstream activities. He has held a number of operational and commercial roles, including some 10 years in the LNG business, and a variety of positions in Downstream.

In January 2005, Ben became Vice President, Manufacturing Excellence, based in Houston, USA. In this role he was responsible for standards in operational excellence and high-performance initiatives in refining and chemicals manufacturing. In December 2006, he was appointed Executive Vice President, Chemicals, based in London, UK.

During his tenure in the role, Ben was appointed to the boards of a number of leading industry associations including the International Council of Chemicals Associations and the European Chemical Industry Council.

From January to September 2013, Ben was Downstream Director and had regional responsibility for Europe and Turkey. He has been a member of the Executive Committee since January 2013.
Simon Henry, CFO
Born July 13, 1961. A British national, appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Company with effect from May 2009. He joined Shell in 1982 as an engineer at the Stanlow refinery in the UK. After qualifying as a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in 1989, he held various finance posts, including Finance Manager of Marketing in Egypt, Controller for the Upstream business in Egypt, Oil Products Finance Adviser for Asia-Pacific, Finance Director for the Mekong Cluster and General Manager Finance for the South East Asian Retail business.He was appointed Head of Group Investor Relations in 2001 and Chief Financial Officer for Exploration & Production in 2004.
John Abbott, Downstream Director
John Abbott became Downstream Director and a member of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell plc on October 1, 2013. He joined Shell in 1981 after graduating from Birmingham University, UK, with a first-class honours degree in Chemical Engineering.

John has since worked in the UK, Singapore, Thailand, the Netherlands, Canada, and the USA, predominantly in the areas of Global Manufacturing and Supply, Trading and Distribution. In 1994, he was seconded to the British Government on a brief assignment to work in the Central Policy and Planning Unit of the Department of the Environment.

In 2006, John was appointed Vice President Manufacturing Excellence and Support, based in Houston, USA. In this role, he led the development and implementation of processes, standards and improvement initiatives across Shell’s global manufacturing portfolio. In 2008, he became Executive Vice President of Shell’s Upstream Americas Heavy Oil business, based in Calgary, Canada.

John is a Fellow member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, as well as a chartered engineer and chartered scientist.
Matthias Bichsel, Director of the Projects & Technology
Matthias Bichsel became Director of the Projects & Technology business on July 1, 2009. He joined Shell in late 1980 after obtaining a Doctorate in Earth Sciences from the University of Basel, Switzerland. His early career was spent on exploration assignments in Bangladesh, Oman, Canada, Indonesia and the Netherlands, interspersed with special projects in Head Offices.

In 1995, he was appointed Director of Petroleum Development Oman, looking after exploration and deep oil field developments. In 1999, he transferred to Houston as Managing Director of Shell Deepwater Services, where he was involved in all aspects of global deep-water exploration and development. In 2002 he was appointed Executive Vice President Exploration with responsibility for all of Shell’s global exploration activities and performance.

In 2011, he was appointed Honorary Professor of the China University of Petroleum, Beijing. He is member of the industry advisory board of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Andy Brown, Director of the Upstream International
Andy Brown became Director of the Upstream International business on April 1, 2012. He joined Shell in 1984 after completing his degree in Engineering Science at Cambridge University. In 1985 he was posted to New Zealand, where he worked as a project engineer on the Maui A offshore platform.

In 2000, Andy was appointed to work with the Vice Chairman of Shell as Senior Advisor for the Middle East and Former Soviet Union, before becoming Private Assistant to the Chairman of Shell in 2001. In late 2002, Andy joined Shell Gas and Power as Project Director for the Pearl GTL project. Following the successful conclusion of the heads-of-agreement and development-and-production-sharing-agreement negotiations, Andy was appointed Managing Director of the newly-formed Qatar Shell GTL Ltd.

He subsequently led the successful delivery and start-up of the pioneering Pearl GTL project. Andy was appointed Qatar Country Chairman in 2005. In 2009 he was additionally appointed Executive Vice President Qatar in the new Upstream International business, also responsible for the Qatargas-4 LNG project.

Andy was awarded an OBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List for his services to British-Qatari business relations. Andy is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He is also a member of the Nigerian President’s Honorary International Investor Council.
Hugh Mitchell, Chief Human Resources & Corporate Officer
In March 2005, Hugh was appointed Human Resources Director of Shell and became a member of the Executive Committee in October 2007. Hugh graduated from Edinburgh University, Scotland, with an MA (Hons) in Modern History in 1979. Later that year he joined Human Resources in Shell Exploration & Production in Aberdeen. Further HR and business roles followed across the UK and Brunei in both the upstream and downstream businesses.

In 1997 he became HR Vice President for the Global Oil Products business. Hugh moved to Shell headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands, in 2003 as Director International. His responsibilities included co-ordinating the company’s worldwide government relations activities.

Hugh is a member of the Board for the Centre for Advanced Human Resources at Cornell University in the USA, and a Foundation Board member of IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was appointed a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in the USA in 2009. He is also an Honorary Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK).

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