Royal Dutch Shell has appointed John Abbott as its
downstream director, the company announced on Thursday.
The move will be effective October 1, 2013. In his new role,
Abbott will become a member of Shell's executive committee and
will take over from Ben van Beurden, who becomes Shell's
new CEO on January 1, 2014.
Abbott is a British national and is currently executive vice
president for the company's manufacturing business, where
he is responsible for some 30 oil refineries and petrochemicals plants around the
He joined Shell in 1981, and has held a variety of management
positions in refining, chemicals and upstream
heavy oil, working in the UK, Singapore, Thailand, the
Netherlands, Canada, and the US.
Abbott graduated from the UK's Birmingham University in 1981
with a degree in chemical engineering. Abbott is a fellow
of the Institute of Chemical Engineers as well as a chartered
engineer and chartered scientist. He is married with