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.


Charles O. Holliday, Chairman
Born March 9, 1948. A US national, appointed Chairman of the Company with effect from May 2015, having previously served as a Non-executive Director since September 2010. He was Chief Executive Officer of DuPont from 1998 to 2009, and Chairman from 1999 to 2009. He joined DuPont in 1970 after receiving a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee and held various manufacturing and business assignments, including a six-year,Tokyo-based posting as President of DuPont Asia/Pacific. He has previously served as Chairman of the Bank of America Corporation, The Business Council, Catalyst, the National Academy of Engineering, the Society of Chemical Industry - American Section and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and is a founding member of the International Business Council. He is a Director of Deere & Company and HCA Holdings, Inc
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.
Harry Brekelmans, Director of the Projects & Technology
Harry Brekelmans became Projects & Technology Director and a member of the Executive Committee of Royal Dutch Shell plc on October 1, 2014. He joined Shell after graduating in 1990 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering from Delft Technical University in the Netherlands. He began his career in the research and development department of Shell’s Exploration & Production (E&P) business in the Netherlands, followed by a variety of assignments in Egypt and the UK. Harry was appointed Internal Audit Manager for Shell E&P Europe in 2003. In 2005 he became Global Audit Manager for both the E&P and Gas & Power businesses. From 2007, he was Chief Executive Officer of Salym Petroleum Development, a Shell joint venture in Russia. In September 2009, he became Executive Vice President (EVP) for Shell Group Strategy & Planning. In mid-2011, he returned to Russia as Country Chairman and EVP for Russia and the Caspian region. He moved back to his native city, The Hague, the Netherlands, in early 2013 to take up a new role as EVP for Upstream International Operated. Harry is a Board member of the Global Leadership and Technology Exchange, which connects business, governments and civil society in seeking more efficient, low-carbon growth.
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.
Ronan Cassidy, Chief Human Resources & Corporate Officer
Ronan Cassidy was appointed Chief Human Resources & Corporate Officer on January 1, 2016. Ronan graduated from Oxford University, UK with a BA in Modern History. He began his career with Shell in 1988, supporting Production and Engineering for UK North Sea operations. In 1991, Ronan joined the Stanlow Manufacturing (Refining and Petrochemicals) site working on the major site restructuring and changes in Industrial Relations implemented in early 1993. In 1993, Ronan moved to China for five years as Human Resources Manager, helping to establish local downstream lubricants, bitumen, LPG and fuels businesses and supporting Upstream Exploration. In 1997, he assumed additional responsibility for resourcing in North East Asia. Ronan returned to the UK in 1999, where he held further downstream business HR roles in LPG and Manufacturing, Supply and Distribution. In 2004, he was appointed Vice President Human Resources Retail, supporting the globalisation of the Retail business. In 2008, Ronan took up the role of Executive Vice President Strategy & Regional Coordination, based in the Netherlands, redeveloping Shell’s HR strategy and global organisation structure. In 2009, he was appointed Executive Vice President HR Downstream in the UK at a time of significant portfolio and productivity activity. In 2013, he became Executive Vice President HR Upstream International based in the Netherlands.

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