New CEO for Shell announced

Royal Dutch Shell’s downstream director is to take over from Peter Voser as chief executive of the company, starting January 1, 2014.

Ben van Beurden, 55, a Dutch national, graduated with a Master’s Degree in chemical engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.

He joined Shell in 1983 and has held a number of technical and commercial roles in both the upstream and downstream businesses, including 10 years in the LNG business.

He has worked in the Netherlands, Africa, Malaysia, USA and, most recently, the UK.

In January 2005, he became vice president, manufacturing excellence, based in Houston. In December 2006, he was appointed executive vice president, chemicals, based in London.

He has been downstream director since January 2013.  

Shell’s board announced the retirement of Voser in May, this year. Voser is due to leave the company at the end of March 2014, after 29 years with the company.

Voser was appointed CEO with effect from July 2009 and has been an executive director since 2004.

Voser joined the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies in 1982 and has held a number of finance and business roles in Switzerland, Argentina, Chile and the UK until March 2002.  He then joined Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) Ltd as Chief Financial Officer, returning to Shell four years ago.

Image: Ben van Beurden, Shell. 

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