Shell CEO Faces Long Haul to Surpass Exxon as Top Oil Major

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  • Company closes gap with Exxon on total shareholder returns
  • Exxon leads Shell on return on capital, output and debt

Ben Van Beurden.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer Ben Van Beurden spelled out his main goal last week -- surpass Exxon Mobil Corp. to become the best-performing oil major. 

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