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Board of Directors
Royal Dutch Shell plc (“the Company”) has a single-tier Board of Directors chaired by a Non-executive Chairman, Jorma Ollila. The executive management is led by the Chief Executive Officer, Ben van Beurden. The Board meet regularly to discuss reviews and reports on the business and plans of the Company.
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 2006 he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He remained Chairman from 2006 until May 2012. In March 2013 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Outokumpo Oyj.
Chairman of the Nomination and Succession Committee
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. Until April 2012 he was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management of Akzo Nobel N.V., a position he had held since 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. in 2002.
He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AFC Ajax N.V., Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heineken N.V., and a trustee of various charities. In January 2013, he was appointed a Non-executive Director of GlaxoSmithKline plc with effect from April 1, 2013.
Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and
Member of the Nomination and Succession Committee
Ben van Beurden
Chief Executive Officer
Born April 23, 1958. A Dutch national, appointed Chief Executive Officer with effect from January 1, 2014.
He was Downstream Director from January to September 2013. Previously he was Executive Vice President Chemicals from December 2006, when he served on the boards of a number of leading industry associations, including the International Council of Chemicals Associations and the European Chemical Industry Council. Prior to this, he held a number of operational and commercial roles in both Upstream and Downstream, including Vice President Manufacturing Excellence.
He joined Shell in 1983, after graduating with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.
Chief Financial Officer
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.
Born February 7, 1948. A Swiss national, appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company in May 2008.
He started his professional career in 1977 at Schweizerische Kreditanstalt (SKA), where he held a variety of positions in corporate banking, foreign exchange/money markets, treasury and investment banking. In 1990, he was appointed to SKA’s Executive Board, on which he served as President between 1993 and 1996. He joined Deutsche Bank’s Management Board in 1996 with responsibility for the investment banking division and, from 2006 and 2002 respectively until May 2012, he was Chairman of the Management Board and of the Group Executive Committee of Deutsche Bank AG.
He was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zurich Insurance Group Limited and of Zurich Insurance Company Limited from March 2012 to August 2013 and a member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG from January 2003 to September 2013. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Investor AB and a number of advisory boards. He also has various roles in several foundations and academic institutions.
Member of the Nomination and Succession Committee and
the Remuneration Committee
Born December 26, 1955. A British national, appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company with effect from September 2010. He was Chief Financial Officer of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited from 2002 to April 2013 and remained a Senior Executive Director of these companies until the end of 2013.
Following a period in investment banking, he joined the Rio Tinto Group in 1980 after gaining an MBA at INSEAD. He has held a variety of marketing, strategy and general management positions, including Head of Business Evaluation and President of Rio Tinto Brasil. He was a Non-executive Director and the Senior Independent Director of Cadbury plc from 2007 and 2008 respectively until March 2010. While on the Cadbury Board, he served as Chairman of the Audit Committee until April 2009.
He has been a member of the UK Takeover Panel since 2012 [A] and was appointed a Non-executive Director of SABMiller plc with effect from July 1, 2013.
Chairman of the Audit Committee
[A] Guy Elliott was appointed Chairman of the Code Committee of the Takeover Panel with effect from February 1, 2014.
Charles O. Holliday
Born March 9, 1948. A US national, appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company with effect from September 2010. He served as Chief Executive Officer of DuPont from 1998 to January 2009, and as Chairman from 1999 to December 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, before becoming Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
He previously served as Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Chairman of The Business Council, Chairman of Catalyst, Chairman of the Society of Chemical Industry – American Section, and is a founding member of the International Business Council. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank of America Corporation and a Director of Deere & Company.
Chairman of the Corporate and Social Responsibility Committee and
Member of the Remuneration Committee
Born September 28, 1946. A Dutch national, appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company with effect from November 2010. He was President/Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. from 2001 to March 2011. Having joined Philips in 1974, he held several positions before being appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Philips’ Components division in 1999 and Executive Vice-President of Philips in 2000.
He is Chairman of Vodafone Group plc, a member of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG, and a Director of Dell Inc.
Member of the Audit Committee
Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG
Born June 26, 1953. A British national, appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company with effect from July 2012. He was a senior British diplomat who served as British Ambassador to the USA from 2007 to 2012. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1976 and served in Brussels (twice), Washington and Moscow and in a wide range of policy roles in London. He served as British Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels from 2000 to 2003.
Prior to his appointment as British Ambassador to the USA, he served as Foreign Policy and Defence Adviser to the Prime Minister and Head of the Cabinet Office Defence and Overseas Secretariat. He retired from the Diplomatic Service in March 2012. He is a Senior Adviser to the Universal Music Group and Visiting Professor at King’s College, London.
Member of the Corporate and Social Responsibility Committee
Linda G. Stuntz
Born September 11, 1954. A US national, appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company with effect from June 2011. She is a founding partner of the law firm of Stuntz, Davis & Staffier, P.C., based in Washington, D.C. Her law practice includes energy and environmental regulation as well as matters relating to government support of technology development and transfer. From 1989 to 1993, she held senior policy positions at the U.S. Department of Energy, including Deputy Secretary. She played a principal role in the development and enactment of the Energy Policy Act of 1992.
From 1981 to 1987, she was an Associate Minority Counsel and Minority Counsel to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. She chaired the Electricity Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Energy from 2008 to 2009, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Schlumberger Limited from 1993 to 2010. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Raytheon Company.
Member of the Audit Committee
Born May 6, 1952. A Dutch national, appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company with effect from January 1, 2013. He is Chairman of the Board of Management of ABN AMRO Bank N.V., a position he has held since February 2009. Before joining ABN AMRO, he was the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands from 1994 until 2002, Chairman of the VVD Liberal Party in the Lower House (2002) and Minister of Finance from 2003 until 2007.
During 2007 until 2009 he was an adviser to PricewaterhouseCoopers (2007), Chairman of the trustees of the International Accounting Standards Board (2007-2010), an adviser to Permira (private equity fund) (2007-2008) and Chief Financial Officer of DSB Bank (2008).
Prior to 1994, he was head of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, a professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and held various positions at the Ministry of Finance and at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He studied General Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and received an Honorary Doctorate in Economics from this university.
Member of the Corporate and Social Responsibility Committee
Born December 14, 1954. A Dutch national, appointed as Company Secretary and General Counsel Corporate of the Company in February 2005. He joined Shell in 1980 as a Legal Adviser and was later appointed Head of Legal in Singapore. Following a period as Head of Legal in China, he was appointed Company Secretary of Royal Dutch Petroleum Company.