John Abbott

Downstream Director

John Abbott was appointed 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 what was then the Department of the Environment.

In 2006, John became Vice President Manufacturing Excellence and Support, based in Houston, USA. Two years later, 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 and led a team of 30,000 employees and contractors based at around 30 refineries and chemical sites worldwide.

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


A British national, John is married with two adult children and enjoys cycling, astronomy and photography.


Businesses and Functions

  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Global Commercial (Lubricants and Business-to-Business)
  • Chemicals
  • Trading & Supply
  • Athabasca Oil Sands Project and Scotford Upgrader in Canada
  • Alternative Energies


Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, EU/Brussels, France, French Guiana, Germany, Gibraltar, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Turkey, Ukraine.

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