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Shell appoints new downstream director

Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced the appointment of Huibert Vigeveno as new director of downstream, effective 1 January 2020.

In his new role, Vigeveno will become a member of the executive committee and will succeed John Abbott. Abbot will remain available to Vigeveno and the committee to assist during the transition period, until 31 March 2020, at which time he will leave Shell after 38 years of service.

“I am grateful to John for his strong leadership of the downstream business, and particularly for having strengthened its performance and portfolio,” commented Ben van Beurden, CEO of Shell. “Over many years he has delivered critical contributions to the Shell Group across a range of businesses and geographies.

“Through his determined efforts, underpinned by a focus on strengthening safety leadership and people development he leaves our downstream business well positioned for the future.”

Vigeveno is currently executive vice-president, global commercial at Shell, having formerly led the successful integration of BG. He joined the company in 1995 and has held a range of customer-facing, commercial and operational leadership roles throughout the business.

He was worked in Europe, North and South America and Asia, including three years as executive chairman of Shell China Limited.