Royal Dutch Shell names van Beurden as chief executive

Ben van Beurden Mr van Beurden joined the Royal Dutch Shell group of companies in 1983

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Royal Dutch Shell has announced that it has appointed downstream director Ben van Beurden as its new chief executive.

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant said he would take over on 1 January 2014.

He succeeds Peter Voser, who will leave Shell in March 2014 after 29 years with the company.

Mr Voser, 54, who was appointed boss in July 2009 and has been an executive director since 2004, has said he is making a lifestyle change and wants to spend more time with his family.

Shell said that Mr Van Beurden joined the Royal Dutch Shell group of companies in 1983 and had held a number of technical and commercial roles in the upstream and downstream businesses.

The Dutchman has worked in the US, the Netherlands, Malaysia and most recently in the UK.

"Ben will continue to drive and further develop the strategic agenda that we have set out, to generate competitive returns for our shareholders," said company chairman Jorma Ollila.

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