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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.
From 1999 to 2006, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia, and continued as Chairman until 2012. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Nokia from 1992 to 1999 and President of Nokia Mobile Phones from 1990 to 1992, after serving as Senior Vice President, Finance from 1986. He joined Nokia in 1985 as Vice President of International Operations after starting his career at Citibank in London and Helsinki.
He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Outokumpu Oyj, having been appointed in March 2013.
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.
He was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management of Akzo Nobel N.V. from 2003 to 2012, having become a Board member in 2002. From 1999 to 2002, he was a Senior Partner at The Boston Consulting Group. He was Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs from 1994 to 1998, and was previously Managing Partner of The Boston Consulting Group. He obtained a PhD in economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam while teaching there.
He is a Non-executive Director of GlaxoSmithKline plc, having started this role in April 2013. 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.
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 was Chief Financial Officer for Exploration & Production from 2004 to 2009, and was Head of Group Investor Relations from 2001 to 2004. Prior to these roles, 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 joined Shell in 1982 as an engineer at the Stanlow refinery in the UK. In 1989, he qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Born February 7, 1948. A Swiss national, appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company with effect from May 2008.
From 2012 to August 2013, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zurich Insurance Group Limited and of Zurich Insurance Company Limited. He was Chairman of the Management Board and of the Group Executive Committee of Deutsche Bank AG from 2006 and 2002 respectively until 2012, having joined the Management Board in 1996 with responsibility for the investment banking division. From 2003 to September 2013, he was a member of the Supervisory Board of Siemens AG. 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. He joined SKA’s Executive Board in 1990, serving as President from 1993 to 1996.
He is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Belenos Clean Power Holding Limited, and a member of the boards of directors of EQT Holdings AB, Investor AB and Renova Management AG, and of 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 Senior Executive Director of these companies until the end of 2013. He joined Rio Tinto Group in 1980 and held a variety of marketing, strategy and general management positions, including Head of Business Evaluation and President of Rio Tinto Brasil. Prior to this, he worked in investment banking and gained an MBA at INSEAD. From 2007 to 2010, he was a Non-executive Director of Cadbury plc, serving as Chairman of its Audit Committee from 2008 to 2009 and as Senior Independent Director from 2008 to 2010.
He is a member of the UK Takeover Panel, which he joined in 2012, and was appointed Chairman of the Code Committee with effect from February 1, 2014. He is Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of SABMiller plc, having been appointed a Non-executive Director in July 2013.
Chairman of the Audit Committee
Charles O. Holliday
Born March 9, 1948. A US national, appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company with effect from 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 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 N.V. from 2001 to 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. From 2010 to 2013, he was a Director of Dell Inc.
He is Chairman of Vodafone Group plc and a member of the Supervisory Board of Daimler AG.
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, before retiring from the Diplomatic Service. Prior to this, he served as Foreign Policy and Defence Adviser to the Prime Minister, and Head of the Cabinet Office Defence and Overseas Secretariat. He served as British Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels from 2000 to 2003. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1976 and served in Brussels, Washington, Moscow, and in a wide range of policy roles in London.
He is a Senior Adviser to the Universal Music Group and a 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. 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. 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 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 was an adviser to PricewaterhouseCoopers during 2007, Chairman of the trustees of the International Accounting Standards Board from 2007 to 2010, an adviser to Permira from 2007 to 2008, and Chief Financial Officer of DSB Bank from 2007 to 2009. He was the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands twice, from 1994 to 2002 and from 2003 to 2007. In between, he was Chairman of the parliamentary party of the VVD. 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.
He is Chairman of the Board of Management of ABN AMRO Bank N.V., a position he has held since 2010.
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.