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Regional responsibilities

•    The Netherlands

•    UK

•    USA

Background

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.

Personal

Ben, a Dutch citizen, is married to Stacey and has three daughters and a son. He enjoys reading, running and travelling with his family.

SPEECHES AND ARTICLES BY BEN VAN BEURDEN

  • 12 Feb 2015 Less aloof, more assertive

    Speech given by Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Royal Dutch Shell plc, at the IP Week Dinner in London, United Kingdom, on February 12, 2015.

  • 02 Sep 2014 Working together to build a lower carbon, higher energy future

    Speech given by Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Royal Dutch Shell plc, at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, New York City, USA on September 2, 2014.

  • 02 Jul 2014 A century of ideas

    Speech given by Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell plc, at the Centennial celebration, Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam, the Netherlands on July 2, 2014.

  • 20 May 2014 The 2014 Annual General Meeting of Royal Dutch Shell plc

    The following text is based on speeches delivered by Jorma Ollila and Ben van Beurden at the Annual General Meeting of Royal Dutch Shell plc in The Hague on May 20, 2014.

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