Royal Dutch Shell plc (NYSE: RDS.A) (NYSE: RDS.B) today announced that Ben van Beurden will succeed Peter Voser as CEO, effective January 1, 2014.
Peter Voser will leave Shell at the end of March 2014, marking the end of 29 years with the company.
Van Beurden, 55, has been Downstream director since January 2013. He joined the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies in 1983 and has held a number of technical and commercial roles in both the Upstream and Downstream businesses. Van Beurden has worked in the Netherlands, Africa, Malaysia, the US, and the UK. In 2005, he was based in Houston as vice president of Manufacturing Excellence.
In 2006, van Beurden was named executive vice president, Chemicals, and was based in London. During his tenure in the role, he 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. In January 2013, he was appointed Downstream director and a member of Shell's Executive Committee. Van Beurden graduated with a master's degree in chemical engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands.