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Leaked Shell Email: Downsteam-One Director Andrew Manley leaves Shell

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By John Donovan

Just weeks ago, on 30 October, we published a leaked email from Andrew Manley, Shell Downsteam-One Programme Director, revealing the impact of the Vosification process, including delays on some important Shell IT projects. Manley acknowledged the consequential disappointment likely to flow from his announcement. Related Reuters article

Since then we have published articles from a Shell IT insider highly critical of some aspects of Shell IT operations…

GSAP/GPMR: THE MARCH OF THE DINOSAURS

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By coincidence or otherwise, another leaked email from Manley, this one sent yesterday, announced his departure from Shell after 30 years. Perhaps he was asked to reapply for his post?

HIS EMAIL

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—–Original Message—–
From: DS One Andrew Manley SIPC
Sent: 26 November 2009 18:03
To: GX DS One All
Cc: GX SI DLT- Members
Subject: Downstream-One change in leadership

Dear colleagues,

Most of you will have already seen the announcement from Mark Williams today that I will be leaving Shell to take up a position in another company at the end of January 2010.

I will be standing down as Downstream-One Programme Director at the end of November, and Janette Beinart and Christophe Boulanger will take over joint leadership from 1 December.

I did, however, want this opportunity to say how hugely I’ve enjoyed the year and a half I’ve been with the Programme. When I joined, the Nordics was starting its recovery after a difficult Go-Live. Since then we have completed eleven Go-Lives, three major retrofits,  and the Nordics is now firmly back on track.

Without doubt, the Programme is past the tipping point. While there is still a big implementation agenda ahead, the focus is rapidly moving to look at how we can improve the installed base for the 22,000 plus users worldwide.

That journey, against the background of huge cost pressure, presents a renewed challenge right across the Downstream business and one that I know you will tackle with enthusiasm and commitment. I look forward to hearing about the great progress you make in the future.

While I have new and exciting challenges of my own to look forward to, my decision to leave Shell after 30 years is one I take with mixed feelings. It has been a great privilege to lead the Programme and the Programme Management Team, and I’m very grateful for all your hard work and support. As ever, I remain impressed by the sheer energy and dedication of everyone working for the Programme.

Unfortunately, I can’t share where I will be going at the moment so this will be the subject of a future announcement. I am, however, hugely grateful to the Company for agreeing that I can take up what is something of a unique opportunity.

I will be available during December as I work with Janette and Christophe to ensure a smooth transition and will be pleased to hear from you should you need my help during that time.

Regards,

Andrew Manley

Programme Director

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