ITS NOT A HOAX. I’M NOT MAKING IT UP. THE MAN IN THE DOG COLLAR IS WHO YOU THINK IT IS: DISGRACED FORMER ROYAL DUTCH SHELL GROUP CHAIRMAN SIR PHILIP WATTS, THE RESERVES FRAUDSTER ESCORTED FROM THE SHELL CENTRE BY SECURITY GUARDS. I WELL REMEMBER THE TRANSFORMATION PROCESS, BUT THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE!
FROM A FORMER EP HAND WHO WORKED CLOSELY WITH WATTS
Perhaps you see fit to publish this unbelievable story. I nearly had a fit when I read it and was convinced it was a hoax. But apparently it is all true, proving that real life is more strange than the most far fetched fiction that Hollywood (or nowadays the BBC) can dream up.
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(The churchwardens are delighted to announce that the Rev. Sir Philip Watts has been appointed to be Priest in Charge at Waltham St. Lawrence.) For some reason forgot to mention in his CV the name of the energy company of which he was Chairman.
Former Shell boss turned Reverend to begin new church post: Maidenhead Advertiser: 8 Feb 2013
The former chairman of one of the world’s biggest companies is about to take on a new challenge in a small corner of east Berkshire.
The Rev Sir Philip Watts spent 35 years working for oil giant Shell before his ordination as a priest in 2011.
The 67-year-old, known to all as Phil, served as a curate in Binfield, where he has lived with his wife Jan for more than 20 years.
The father-of-two is now taking up a new position as Priest in Charge of the Benefice of Waltham St Lawrence.
He said: “I have a great sense of excitement facing a completely different challenge.
“It is a great opportunity to serve not only the people that come to the church, but everyone in the parish.”
Originally from Leicester, his work for Shell took him to Indonesia, Nigeria and Europe before he settled in Berkshire.
He received a knighthood from The Queen in 2003 recognising his services to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which he served as chairman, as well as services to British business.
In 2001 he took the top job at Shell as chairman but left his position in 2004 during a storm of controversy after the organisation was found to have overstated its proved oil and gas reserves.
Phil admits the situation and intense scrutiny from the media was a test of his faith but he emerged stronger from the experience after his exoneration from the accusations by the FSA and the dismissal of class actions against him.
“It stopped what I was doing short but opened up the way to do what I am now doing,” he added.
“I am grateful for that.”
After his retirement from business, Phil gained a bachelor’s degree in theology and religion from Ripon College which led to his new role.
He and his wife regularly visit their daughter Sarah, who lives in Vancouver, Canada, and son Jonathan, who lives in the Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
(Many congratulations to Phil as he has been offered the post of Priest in Charge at Waltham St Lawrence for the next 3 years. He will be taking up this post in February 2013. )
It appears that Sir Philip Watts (you know, the same Phil that cheated on the reserves, bullied his whole life everyone in Shell and nearly brought Shell down with his mega ego) has found salvation.
Perhaps he has treated this whole path as a business opportunity. It cannot have escaped him that after he turned up in his silly astronaut suit, many (incl myself) predicted and hoped he would go to hell. So, his thinking may be ‘Let’s give this a go and see if I can fake to repent enough to ultimately still go to heaven’.
NO CHANCE!!!!! To make sure I will give St Peter a call to be extra careful in due time.
This evil man stole the job of CEO of Shell, he nearly destroyed the company with his brash behaviour and he must be on par with the creeps that ran ENRON and a bit later the big banks. He is a complete self-serving hypocrite. And now that he is getting older going the same route as the brilliant McNamara who with his policies and ideas escalated the Vietnam war and killed millions. Towards the end of his life he started to say sorry. Too little, too late!!!
Let me copy a paragraph from Wikipedia (the red is by me…):
In 1993, Washington journalist Deborah Shapley published a 615-page biography of Robert McNamara entitled Promise and Power: the Life and Times of Robert McNamara. The last pages of her book made clear that while Ms. Shapley deeply admired certain aspects of McNamara the man, and the public servant, she had seen first-hand his need to manipulate the truth, as well as to tell it. Shapley concluded her book with these words: “For better and worse McNamara shaped much in today’s world — and imprisoned himself. A little-known nineteenth century writer, F.W. Boreham, offers a summation: `We make our decisions. And then our decisions turn around and make us.'”
McNamara’s memoir, In Retrospect, published in 1995, presented an account and analysis of the Vietnam War from his point of view. According to his lengthy New York Times obituary, “[h]e concluded well before leaving the Pentagon that the war was futile, but he did not share that insight with the public until late in life. In 1995, he took a stand against his own conduct of the war, confessing in a memoir that it was ‘wrong, terribly wrong.'” In return, he faced a “firestorm of scorn” at that time.
So you see, sometimes you think you have seen it all and then this happens!
Shell bought the silence of Watts with a reported $18.5 million severance/pension package.
“And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”