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SHELL CHEMICALS LEADERSHIP TEAM
Graham van't Hoff
Graham joined Shell in 1984 after obtaining a degree in Chemistry from Oxford. His first role was in London as a Customer Services Assistant, followed by time as a polypropylene sales representative in the UK.
Between 1988 and 1992 he worked as Product Manager for Shell's Higher Olefins and Detergents business, initially in the UK and then in Houston. During this time he also obtained a Masters in Business Management, with Distinction, from Manchester Business School.
After a spell in Corporate Planning in Shell Oil Company in the US he returned to Europe in 1995 as European Marketing Manager for Chemical Solvents and then as Global Vice President, Polystyrene. Subsequently, Shell took the decision to divest this business, and Graham led the divestment projects through to completion in early 2000.
Graham then briefly took over the role of Director - Customer Fulfilment Centre of Excellence before becoming Chief Information Officer for Shell Chemicals. In this role he oversaw the globalisation of IT, including the implementation of the first global SAP system in Shell. He then became Shell International's Director of IT Strategy and Applications Development where he developed and led the ITVision project to restructure IT across the Shell Group.
Graham took up the assignment as Vice President Base Chemicals Europe and member of the Chemicals Leadership Team on 1 February 2005, adding the role of General Manager Shell Chemicals Europe BV on 1 March 2006, based in The Netherlands. In mid-2008, Graham was appointed Global Vice President Base Chemicals, returning to the UK at the beginning of 2009, before being appointed as Chairman Shell UK on 1 May 2011 and later that year Executive Vice President, CO2 and Alternative Energies.
On 1 January 2013 Graham was appointed to his current role as Executive Vice President, Shell Chemicals.
Graham is on the CBI Climate Change Board and the boards of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, the Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, Race for Opportunity and Youth at Risk.
Graham and his wife, who also works for Shell, have four children. They are based in London, UK. While work and family are their main commitments, their key hobby is sailing.
Andy Rae was appointed VP Operations and HSSE with effect from April 1, 2014.
Before this, Andy was a Manufacturing General Manager for Excellence in Refinery Margin Optimisation, where he led a global team in business improvement activities, with focus on day-to-day excellence in margin optimisation and value hunting.
After graduating in Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University, Andy joined Shell in 1987 at Stanlow Refinery, working in technology and economics/scheduling.
Between 1993 and 2000 he held various roles in Oil Products Supply and Distribution, including Distribution Manager Central and Eastern Europe, where he managed road transport operations across eleven countries, during a period of rapid business growth. In 2000 he became General Manager of Shell in Gibraltar, responsible for all Oil Products activity, including a substantial Marine fuels business.
In 2002 he was appointed Supply Chain Integration Manager, Rhine, managing value chain optimisation between eight refineries and the marketing/Trading businesses in Benelux and DACH following the merger of Shell and Dea in Germany. In 2005 he returned to refining in Pernis refinery as Production Unit Manager for the Cat Cracker and associated units.
Between 2007 and 2011 he was involved in a range of strategy and portfolio related projects, including coordinating value improvement work at the refining-Chemicals interface, and leading cost takeout efforts for the divestment program across the Downstream business.
Andy is married to Helen, who is a professional photographer, and they have three sons. Andy’s hobbies and interests include rugby, music, and modern history.
Thomas Casparie took up the role of Vice President Base Chemicals effective February 1, 2014, based in London.
In his previous role Thomas was Vice President Operations & HSSE with global responsibility for Supply Chain, Logistics and Customer Centres, as well as activities in the areas of Health, Safety, Security and the Environment (HSSE).
Prior to that, he was General Manager, Retail Network Planning, with responsibility for strategy and planning for all Retail locations globally. He played a critical role in increasing Retail’s ability to grow in markets such as China, India, Russia and Indonesia and played a leading part in the development of the Retail Strategy 2015.
Thomas joined Shell in 1996 after graduating from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands with a degree in Theoretical Physics. His first role was Retail Loyalty & Marketing Project Manager in Shell Netherlands.
Subsequently, he moved to the UK where he held a variety of operational roles in the Retail business, such as Territory Manager for South East England and Category Manager for the Convenience Stores.
In 2001, Thomas moved back to the Netherlands to take on the role of Retail Network Planning & Real Estate Manager for Benelux & France and was responsible for a major restructuring of the retail assets in these countries. After this, he joined the Downstream Strategy and Portfolio group in London in 2003 and was responsible for strategy and portfolio projects across Europe.
In 2005, Thomas became the General Manager for the Dutch Retail Business.
Thomas is 41, married with two children and lives in London. He is a member of the Windsor Leadership Trust and plays an active role in the community as Trustee of the Camden Arts Centre. He also has a passion for cooking, music and football.
Alexander Farina joined Shell in 1990 with a Masters degree in chemical engineering from Munich's University of Technology to take up the role of Quality Manager and later Manufacturing Manager in Shell’s automotive supply venture in Germany.
Between 1994 and 2000 he worked in Shell’s elastomers business covering roles from research and development to marketing, including Global Business Manager for the Isoprene Rubbers Business. During this time he had postings in Brussels, London and Paris.
In 2000, Alexander was appointed venture manager of Shell’s e-business and technology venture capital fund before returning in 2003 to the chemicals business as Strategy Manager for the Phenol and Solvents business.
In 2006 he was appointed as Strategy Manager for Base Chemicals with the focus on restructuring the North American Base Chemicals Business.
Alexander was appointed General Manager Chemicals strategy in June 2009 and joined the Chemical Leadership Team. He is also responsible for Chemicals technology activities.
Alexander is married with two daughters. He lives near London and his hobbies include horse riding and skiing.
Cindy Gaddis joined the Chemicals Leadership Team in August 2009 as Vice President Finance. Prior to this appointment, she was a member of the Global Manufacturing Finance Leadership Team as Regional Finance Manager, Manufacturing Gulf Coast Region.
Cindy joined Shell in the US in 1985 as a Financial Representative supporting Computer and Communications Technology, before holding roles in the Downstream: Oil Products organisation, including Accounting Supervisor for Crude Oil & Refined Products and Partnership Financial Accountant for the Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership – a joint venture with Pemex.
Cindy then spent about six years in Exploration and Production Finance in the US as the Finance Manager/Controller for the Onshore business and as Manager of the SEPCo Onshore Accounting organisation. She moved to Central Finance – Finance & Management Consultancy (F&MC) first as a Senior Business Consultant and then as Leader of the Houston-based consultancy team.
Following this, she took on the role of Regional Finance Manager Manufacturing Gulf Coast Region, where she was responsible for the finance activities for the Shell Refineries and Chemicals plants in the region. Additionally, she was Shell’s Owner Staff representative to the Motiva joint venture.
Cindy is an honors graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi in the US, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. She has also completed Mid-level and Business leadership courses at Wharton and the University of Houston and Texas, respectively.
Cindy is based in the UK and is married with two children. During her spare time she likes to read mystery novels, listen to music, and travel. Additionally, she does volunteer work with youth organisations.
Clive Grant took up his current global role of Associate General Counsel responsible for Shell Chemicals worldwide legal affairs in April 2006. He heads up a multi jurisdictional legal team which provides legal advice in all areas of Shell Chemicals business including commercial contracting and project development. As a member of the chemicals leadership team Clive sits on various committees and teams within chemicals including those responsible for progressing major projects, the management of contract risk and business assurance.
Clive joined Shell after obtaining first class honours in law at Cambridge University and qualifying with Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw. During his career he has worked for most businesses in Shell and has spent time in most regions including Europe, South America, the US and Asia.
Clive was based in Hong Kong for most of the 1990s working as General Counsel for the Shell Companies in North East Asia. He focused primarily on projects in China including the Nanhai Project in Daya Bay. His varied career has included business development as well as legal roles and a period as de facto chief operating officer for Shell Legal globally.
Clive is married with three daughters. His wife is portfolio director of a venture philanthropy charity. Outside the office Clive is a keen sailor and cyclist. He is a regular concert and theatre goer and trustee of the national charity Youth Music.
Jose-Alberto Lima joined Shell in 1989 as a civil engineer with an MBA from COPPEAD/ESSEC in France.
He started his career in Shell Brasil where he was responsible for Strategy and Business Planning, the restructuring of the Oil Products business and Non Traditional Business. He then moved to London, where he worked on a team responsible for the launch of Shell International Renewables, with a focus on Solar and Wind.
Still in London, Jose moved to Gas and Power, where he worked on the privatisation of several gas distribution and pipeline companies in Latin America. Additionally, he worked on the development of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects in the region and on the Gas and Power Mergers and Acquisition Team.
The resurgence of the LNG market in North America brought Jose to Houston where he was part of the team implementing the market access strategy for Shell in the US. This brought a new focus to activities in Shell US Gas and Power and, as President, Jose worked on the sale of the pipeline assets and the consolidation of the LNG strategy. Jose next took on the role of VP LNG and Gas Monetisation before joining the Chemicals business in August 2012 as Vice President of New Business Development and Ventures.
Jose, a native Brazilian, is married to Marcia, an immunology doctor, and has two young daughters. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with them and read.
David Loughman was appointed Vice President of Downstream Projects for Shell China Ltd with effect from 1 September 2012. He is based in Beijing. This role includes representing Shell in the proposed integrated refinery and chemicals plant project in Zhejiang Province, in partnership with CNPC and QPI of Qatar.
David joined Shell in 1982 as an exploration geologist in the UK’s Southern Gas Basin and subsequently led the first North Sea Business opportunities team in Shell UK Expro. He holds MA and PhD degrees in geology from the UK's Oxford and Birmingham universities, having been a Shell research scholar at Birmingham University.
He has extensive international experience including general management roles in Africa, Europe, United States and now China. From 2007 to 2012, he was Country Chair Norway and Managing Director of A/S Norske Shell, a role he had also performed from 1998 – 2000. From 2000, he was Natural Gas Director of Shell UK before moving in July 2002 to the United States as Vice President and General Manager of exploration and development in Shell Exploration and Production Company.
He has worked in all four main business areas in Shell, including assignments as General Manager of Societe Shell du Cameroun and in Chemicals as General Manager of Shell Chemicals Europe BV and the global Styrene/Polyurethanes business. Most recently, he was also Vice President Commercial, Upstream Europe and deputised as Executive Vice President Upstream Europe in 2009.
David is Welsh and is married with two adult children and three step-children and has his home base in Norway. In his spare time he makes valiant efforts to improve his cross-country skiing abilities.
Olivier joined Shell in 1990 after graduating from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees and Universite Paris Dauphine in Paris (Mathematics, Science, Economics and Finance).
Olivier spent his first seven years in Shell Chemicals France in business development, as a maintenance manager at the Berre petrochemicals site and as a Solvents sales manager based in Paris.
In 1997, Olivier went to the Netherlands to become the product manager for Hydrocarbon Solvents in EU/AF. Three years later, he joined the global propylene oxide (PO) and polyurethane business in London as a global supply manager, and in 2002 became Global Business Manager of that product line. In December 2006, Olivier moved to Lubricants as the GM for Global Base Oils, Process Oils and Waxes, managing the entire base oil value chain for Shell, including the commercialisation of GTL base oils from Qatar.
In January 2011, Olivier moved to Houston as the Vice President for Supply and Distribution North America, based in Houston, in charge of the Canadian and Central/Western US fuels supply chain as well as the crude and products pipelines business.
Since August 2013, Olivier has rejoined Shell Chemicals as the VP for Intermediates, based in Singapore.
Olivier is French, married and father to four children aged 22 to 15. He originates from Corsica and is a passionate skier. He enjoys spending most of his leisure time with his family and outdoor activities.
Matthew is an Australian National and studied Economics at the University of Canberra in Australia. Matthew graduated in 1996 when he joined Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) as a Management Consultant based out of the Sydney Office. He specialised in Human Performance and Change Management, leading the change programs for major cultural, process and systems reengineering initiatives, as well as, mergers and acquisitions. He worked with top tier businesses across Australia and the U.S in Financial Services, Fast Moving Consumer Goods and Oil & Gas sectors. Whilst working for Accenture, Matthew also completed his MBA from the Australian National University.
In 2002, Matthew joined Merck & Co. Inc (MSD), one of the world’s leading health solution providers of prescription medicines, vaccines, biologics therapies, animal health, and consumer health care products. Matthew joined Merck in Sydney and enjoyed a successful career holding large HR Executive roles in the U.S, Singapore and the Netherlands. He provided HR leadership for start-up operations, divestitures and mergers as well as leading the Merck global HR Transformation program.
Matthew lives in London, is married with 2 daughters. He is a passionate follower of Australian Rules Football and enjoys playing tennis and cricket when time permits.
Stijn van Els
Since joining Shell with a physics degree from Delft University in 1988, Stijn van Els has held a range of technical, commercial and business leadership roles within Shell and its Joint Ventures.
He started his Shell career in manufacturing technology and in project roles in the Netherlands and Japan. Later in his career, he returned to manufacturing in Germany as Manufacturing & Maintenance Manager at the Rheinland refinery & petrochemicals site.
In between these years in Refining, he worked for seven years in the Upstream part of Shell, with assignments with Shell’s Gas Business in London, with Woodside in Perth, and as General Manager Commercial in Shell Development Australia. In mid 2006, he became Vice President Strategy, Portfolio and Opportunity Identification in the Upstream New Business Development team. From mid 2009 to mid 2012, Stijn was Executive Vice President for Shell's global Contracting and Procurement Function, one of the world’s leading procurement organisations.
In June 2012, he was appointed CEO (designate) of Al-Karaana, the proposed new Qatar Petroleum and Shell Petrochemicals Project under development in Qatar.
Commercial Team Leaders
Global Commercial Team General Managers
Michelle Adams was appointed General Manager of Phenol in October 2011 and is based in Houston. Prior to this role, Michelle was the Commercial Manager for Higher Olefins and Derivatives in the Americas.
Michelle has over 25 years experience in the petrochemical industry. Prior to joining Shell Chemicals, Michelle worked for Huntsman in various sales, management, and commercial roles.
Michelle holds a BS in Finance from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Houston.
Michelle is married with two daughters and enjoys reading, beginner golf, and various non-profit volunteer interests.
Rutger Beelaerts was appointed General Manager Higher Olefins, based in Houston, Texas, with effect from 1 May 2012. In his previous role as Portfolio General Manager, Rutger Beelaerts led several Upstream/Downstream strategic studies to strengthen the integrated business and create new growth opportunities in North America. He was also accountable for the Canada LPG business, which became part of Shell Chemicals in 2011. Before this, Rutger worked on a large portfolio project in the USA and had been Global Commercial Manager Higher Olefins.
He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Groningen and joined Shell in 1990. He started with commercial and supply roles in Chemicals. He subsequently led the initial phase of the Shell Eastern Petrochemical Complex cracker project in Singapore and spent four years in the Gas & Power business in London working on the development of GTL and LNG projects. He then led the divestment of Shell’s chemicals assets in France.
Rutger is a keen traveler and photographer. He also enjoys theatre and swimming.
Fang Yea Yee
Fang Yea Yee was appointed General Manager, Ethylene oxide and glycols on October 1, 2010. Prior to this he was General Manager, Commercial Projects, responsible for leading a number of portfolio development and technology commercialisation projects. This included project development for Diphenyl Carbonate and for the Shell acquisition of JSEC’s 30% shareholding in Ethylene Glycols (Singapore) Private Ltd (EGS), making EGS a 100% subsidiary of Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte Ltd.
Between July 2006 and January 2010 he was General Manager for the Styrene Monomer/Propylene Oxide and Derivatives product line and concurrently General Manager for Commercial Excellence from October 2008.
He was General Manager of the Shell Eastern Petrochemical Complex project from August 2005 to June 2006 where he was responsible for developing the project to its final investment decision in June 2006. This project is delivering a world-scale cracker and mono-ethylene glycol plant in Singapore, which will be integrated with Shell's existing refinery assets on Pulau Bukom and petrochemical assets on Jurong Island.
Yea Yee joined Shell in 1990 taking on a variety of global, regional and local commercial roles in supply chain, logistics, commercial operations, marketing, business development and project development.
These assignments included commercial roles in marketing and business development for a number of major businesses in Shell Chemicals, such as Lower Olefins, Glycols, Aromatics and Solvents and also project development roles leading and driving the development of a condensate splitter unit in Pulau Bukom Refinery, submarine pipelines for petrochemical feedstocks linking Pulau Bukom and Jurong Island and the development of a Chemicals import terminal in Vietnam (as part of a market entry strategy).
He was appointed to his first global role in 2000 as Global Lead for Logistics (both land and marine logistics). He subsequently became General Manager for Supply Chain and Logistics from 2003 to 2005, when he was responsible for leading the globalisation of Shell Chemicals' supply chains and logistics.
Sean Clarry was appointed General Manager, Propylene Oxide and Derivatives with effect from 15 November 2013. Based in the Netherlands, he is responsible for a global team that markets various propylene oxide-related products, including polyurethanes chemicals, propylene glycol and solvents.
Sean joined Shell in Canada in 1998, where he split his time between Fort MacMurray and Calgary working on technology development in the early stages of Shell’s oil sands project. He then relocated to Houston and joined Shell’s Chemicals business, where he held various roles of increasing responsibility – in higher olefins, strategy, and base chemicals. Most recently, he was EMEA commercial manager for propylene oxide and derivatives, as well as styrene.
Sean holds a B. Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada.
In his spare time, he enjoys relaxing the in the Canadian wilderness, skiing and travelling.
Rahul Malhotra was appointed General Manager, Styrene Monomer on November 14, 2011. He is based in Singapore. Rahul has some 18 years of commercial sales & marketing experience after completing a degree in economics and an MBA.
Rahul joined Shell in early 2008 as the Regional General Manager for LPG, with responsibility for the Americas, Asia Pacific/Middle East and Southern Africa. Before joining Shell, he worked for Procter & Gamble in various roles across the world, including Japan, India, South America, Africa and Eastern Europe.
Rahul is married with two children and enjoys reading non-fiction, music, golf, wine and food.
Kalyan Ram Madabhushi
Kalyan Ram Madabhushi was appointed Global General Manager Solvents, based in the Netherlands, with effect from October 1, 2010. In this role, Kalyan manages teams in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Kalyan has more than 20 years’ experience in the oil and petrochemical industry and has worked in a variety of positions from engineer on an oil rig to marketing, supply, trading, commercial excellence and business management. He moved to Shell Chemicals, Singapore in 1996 and some of his most recent roles include sales/product management, supply management, business/commercial management and M&A lead negotiator.
Kalyan was Chairman of FFIG (Flexible Foam Industry Group, Europe) between 2006 and 2010 and has also been on the Board of ISOPA and other propylene oxide-related industry bodies in Europe.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters degree in International Business from India.
Kalyan is married and lives with his wife and two children in the Netherlands. He enjoys reading and participating in a number of sports including cricket, badminton and tennis.
REGIONAL COMMERCIAL TEAM GENERAL MANAGERS
Sharon Beshouri joined Shell Development in 1989 as a Research Scientist at the Westhollow Technology Center. During her twelve years in the technology organisation, she held a variety of roles including exploratory research in the New Chemical Technology group, Product and Manufacturing Support in Epoxy Resins, and Department Manager for CORTERRA® Polymers.
In 2002, Sharon accepted an assignment as Chemicals Planning Manager in Chemicals Corporate Finance and from there moved into Corporate Strategy, eventually becoming Technology Strategy Manager for Chemicals. Following that assignment, Sharon became General Manager of Base Chemicals – Aromatics in the Americas region, which was subsequently expanded to include all of the Base Chemicals co-products. In 2011, Sharon took up her current role as General Manager of Lower Olefins.
In 2012 she was given the additional responsibilities of President Shell Chemical LP.
Sharon is a native of Michigan and attended Kalamazoo College where she had the opportunity to study for a year abroad in Germany. Sharon graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa as a Chemistry major and received her PhD in Chemistry from Purdue University. Following a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Sharon joined Shell.
Sharon is married with two daughters. In her free time she likes to read, cook and enjoys all things equestrian.
Dan was appointed General Manager New Business Development Americas on 1 May 2011. In this role, Dan is responsible for identifying new business opportunities and deployment of gas to chemicals technologies in the Americas, including the proposed Appalachia petrochemical complex. Prior to this appointment Dan was General Manager Base Chemicals Americas, leading the team with responsibility for securing advantaged feedstocks for Shell’s US Gulf Coast olefin plants and for marketing all the light olefin (ethylene and propylene) cuts.
With more than 30 years’ experience in the chemicals industry, Dan has served in both regional and global roles ranging from business management, strategy development, new business development, product management, supply chain/customer service and sales. He started his career in Houston, but has also worked in Chicago, London and Chester, UK. His principal area of focus has been in support of the Base Chemicals and Higher Olefins and Derivatives (HODer) product lines.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He is married and enjoys golf, fishing, Pilates and photography. He is also a founding member of The DarDans, a local Houston rock and roll band.
Elise Nowee was appointed General Manager, Base Chemicals Europe, on December 1, 2012. In this role, Elise manages a team in Europe marketing the “building blocks” of the chemical industry.
Elise joined Shell in 1986 as a chemical engineer and started her career as a technologist in the Pernis Refinery. In her career with Shell, Elise has worked in a variety of roles and has broad experience in Manufacturing, Commercial, Economics and Supply Chain management. In Shell Chemicals, she has had roles in PVC manufacturing, Economic Optimisation, Oil-Chemical Integration, Regional and Global Supply Chain Management, and worked as Product/Commercial Manager in Solvents and Aromatics.
Elise is married with three children and lives in the Netherlands. In her personal time she enjoys sport, spending time with family and friends, travelling and doing charity work for the local community.
Tim Kollatschny was appointed General Manager Heavy Olefins and Aromatics North America effective September 1, 2011.
Tim has over 20 years experience across various Shell Downstream businesses. Most recently, he held the role of Contracts and Negotiations Manager in Shell Oil Products Supply & Distribution for the US. Prior to that role, Tim led the Supply Optimisation team. In addition to his roles in Supply and Distribution, Tim has held positions in Downstream Planning and Strategy, Commercial Fuels, Retail Fuels, and Contracts and Procurement.
Tim has a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin with concentrations in Manufacturing Management and Electrical Engineering. He also has an MBA from the University of St Thomas.
Tim and his family live in Houston where he enjoys travel, photography, and cooking.
Paul joined Shell as a Chemical Engineer in 1990 after graduating from the University of Bath in the UK. He began his career as a technologist at Stanlow refinery.
In his career with Shell, Paul has worked in a variety of roles spanning refining and petrochemicals manufacturing, regional crude and product supply optimisation, regional oils-chemicals interface management, chemicals commercial management, global strategy and oil markets analysis.
In his previous role as General Manager Supply & Distribution South Africa, he led a business transformation including organisational restructuring, HSSE performance and asset integrity/process safety improvement, contract portfolio restructuring and improving organisational capability and culture. He also made a significant contribution to the country leadership team as a Board director for Shell South Africa and SAPREF Refining Company.
Paul was appointed General Manager Base Chemicals Asia Pacific on 1 June 2012 and is based in Singapore.
Paul is married and has three children. In his personal time he enjoys spending time with his family, exploring new destinations, golf, cycling, cooking and wine tasting.