Ben van Beurden

BIOGRAPHY

Ben van Beurden became Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell on January 1, 2014.

He joined Shell in 1983, after graduating with a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Mr van Beurden’s career in Shell spans both upstream and downstream activities. He has held a number of operational and commercial roles, including some 10 years in the LNG business, and a variety of positions in downstream.

In January 2005, Mr van Beurden became Vice President, Manufacturing Excellence, based in Houston, USA. In this role he was responsible for standards in operational excellence and high-performance initiatives in refining and chemicals manufacturing.

In December 2006, he was appointed Executive Vice President, Chemicals, based in London, UK.
During his tenure in the role, he was appointed to the boards of several leading industry associations including the International Council of Chemical Associations and the European Chemical Industry Council.

From January to September 2013, Mr van Beurden was Downstream Director and had regional responsibility for Europe and Turkey. He has been a member of the Executive Committee since January 2013.

Ben van Beurden, Energy Executive of the Year 2019

Ben van Beurden
Chief Executive Officer

Royal Dutch Shell