July 9, 2013 10:16 am
Ben van Beurden is an insider who has made late rise to the top
By John Aglionby
He worked as private assistant to the chairman, Phil Watts, from 2002-2004, including during the 2004 accounting scandal, when it emerged Shell had overstated its oil reserves. This led to a major purge of senior management but Mr van Beurden continued to rise.