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.

In 2012, John was appointed Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing. Working out of Houston, USA, he led a team of some 30,000 employees and contractors based at around 30 refineries and chemical sites worldwide.

John is a Fellow member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, as well as a chartered engineer and chartered scientist.


A British national, John was born in 1960. He is married with two children and enjoys cycling, astronomy and photography.


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