ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC: Ben van Beurden to be next Chief Executive Officer

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC: Ben van Beurden to be next Chief Executive Officer
Ben van Beurden to be next Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell plc 
The Hague, July 9 2013: The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc today announced that
Ben van Beurden will succeed Peter Voser as Chief Executive Officer, effective
1 January 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. 
"I am delighted to announce Ben van Beurden as the next Chief Executive Officer
of Royal Dutch Shell," said Chairman Jorma Ollila. "Ben has deep knowledge of
the industry and proven executive experience across a range of Shell
businesses. Ben will continue to drive and further develop the strategic agenda
that we have set out, to generate competitive returns for our shareholders." 
"Van Beurden's selection came after a comprehensive assessment and review of
internal and external candidates led by the Board Nomination and Succession
Committee," Ollila added. 
Van Beurden 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. He has worked in The Netherlands, Africa, Malaysia, USA
and, most recently, the UK. 
Van Beurden, a Dutch national, graduated with a Master's Degree in Chemical
Engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He is married
and has four children. 
Note to Editors: 
Ben van Beurden joined Shell in 1983, after graduating with a Master's Degree
in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. 
Ben's career in Shell spans both Upstream and Downstream activities. He has
held a number of operational and commercial roles, including some 10 years in
the LNG business, and a variety of positions in Downstream. 
In January 2005, Ben became Vice President, Manufacturing Excellence, based in
Houston, USA.  In this role he was responsible for standards in operational
excellence and high-performance initiatives in refining and chemicals
In December 2006, he was appointed Executive Vice President, Chemicals, based
in London, UK.   
During his tenure in the role, Ben 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, Ben was appointed Downstream Director and a member of Shell's
Executive Committee. He also has regional responsibility for Europe and Turkey. 
Ben is married to Stacey and has three daughters and a son. He enjoys reading,
running and travelling with his family. 
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Petroleum Ltd.) ownership interest held by Shell in a venture, partnership or
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July 2013. Neither Shell nor any of its subsidiaries nor the Shell Group
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