Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, named John Abbott as refining director to succeed Ben van Beurden, who will become chief executive officer in January.
Abbott, a 30-year industry veteran, has been running about 30 refineries and petrochemical plants at the company, The Hague-based Shell said today in a statement. He will leave his current post of executive vice president for manufacturing on Oct. 1 and will also join Shell’s executive committee.
Abbott, a British national, joined the company in 1981 after graduating from Birmingham University in central England. He had several jobs running refineries, petrochemical plants and heavy-crude production projects from North America to Asia.
In Canada, Abbott supervised Shell’s oil-sands ventures, facing environmental protests, and managed an associated carbon-capture and storage project. He has been in charge of the company’s investment program to raise heavy-oil output by 60 percent in the decade to 2020 by upgrading assets in North America.