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Shell Gets a New Boss

July 9, 2013

Dutchman Ben van Beurden is to be the next chief executive of oil company Royal Dutch Shell, the organization announced on Tuesday.

The 55-year-old van Beurden is set to take over from Swiss national, Peter Voser, on January 1.

Van Beurden joined the Dutch-British concern in 1983, serving in a variety of operational and commercial roles in the Netherlands, Africa, Malaysia, the US and, most recently, Britain. He has been the downstream director, overseeing refinery operations, since January this year.

"Ben will continue to drive and further develop the strategic agenda that we have set out," said chairman Jorma Olilla in a statement.

Voser, 54, the outgoing chief executive, will leave Shell in March next year, after 29 years with the company. He has held the post since 2009.

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Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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