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Mark Carne and the Shell Brent Bravo Scandal

By John Donovan

Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 14.02.45In view of the announcement made today about former Royal Dutch Shell executive Mark Carne (right) being appointed as the next Chief Executive of Network Rail, it would seem at opportune moment to republish our previous articles about him. But first the Reuters article carrying news of his appointment, then our own articles publishing insider information.

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Network Rail says Mark Carne to be its next CEO

(Reuters) – Britain’s Network Rail on Thursday said Mark Carne, a former Royal Dutch Shell executive, would become its next chief executive.

The company, which runs, maintains and develops Britain’s rail system, said Carne would join it on Jan. 6, 2014 before formally taking over as chief executive from David Higgins on April 1, 2014.

Network rail said Carne’s base salary would be 675,000 pounds ($1.05 million) which was determined following an “exhaustive and independent process” that compared the salaries of chief executives in both the public and private sectors.

The company said overall Carne’s remuneration package would not exceed that of the current CEO.

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Warning about Mark Carne of Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Published 14 February 2011

Subject: Brent Bravo: watch Mark Carne

Dear John,

This email contains information about Mark Carne (right), who is currently employed by Shell as Regional Vice President for Middle East and North Africa. He reports directly to Malcolm Brinded. This email account has been set up to safeguard my anonymity, as Mr. Carne is known to not handle criticism very well.

Over the years you have reported about Brent Bravo and consistently linked the matter with Malcolm Brinded. Maybe the time is right to take a closer look at Mr. Carne, who was the manager for Brent at the time. Mr. Carne’s style is to manage-by-viewgraph and to ignore or suppress unwanted information from the work floor. He instigated bonuses that led to the “Touch F*** All” culture on Brent; he remained clueless about their negative impact while others had already become concerned. Several years ago, Mr. Carne didn’t get a job in Shell UK that he was hoping for, and he left to take a role in BG. It didn’t take BG long to release him.

I would not have bothered to write down any of the above, if I hadn’t found out recently that Mr. Carne has joined Shell again. In his new role there is more potential for damage. The first signals are already noticeable. It would be really concerning if he ever was to be considered as a candidate to succeed Mr. Brinded.

Regards,
Someone who prefers to remain anonymous.

EMAIL ENDS

RIGHT OF REPLY OFFERED BY JOHN DONOVAN: MR MARK CARNE IS INVITED TO SUPPLY A RESPONSE IF HE TAKES ISSUE WITH THE VERACITY OF ANY INFORMATION STATED ABOVE. HIS REPLY WOULD BE PUBLISHED ON AN UNEDITED BASIS.

(NO RESPONSE WAS RECEIVED)

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1. What is going on in Brinded’s inner circle?

2. Shell Names Mark Carne As Country Chmn For Dubai, N Emirates

Monday, Sep 27, 2010

DUBAI (Zawya Dow Jones) Royal Dutch ShellRoyal Dutch Shell said Monday it appointed Mark Carne as executive vice president and country chairman for Shell Group in Dubai and the U.A.E.’s Northern Emirates.

Carne “will take over the responsibilities of Raoul Restucci for Shell Upstream International with responsibility for the businesses in the Middle East and North Africa,” the oil company said in an emailed statement.

Carne, who is also a member of Royal Dutch Shell Royal Dutch Shell Upstream International Leadership Team, was employed with Shell until 2005, his last role being managing director for Brunei Shell Petroleum. He was also with BG Group as executive vice president and managing director for Europe and Central Asia.

-By Brinda Darasha, Dow Jones Newswires; +9714 446-1688; [email protected]

Copyright (c) 2010 Dow Jones & Co.

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3. Mark Carne, Chairman of Dubai and Northern Emirates Region, Royal Dutch Shell plc

18 Jan 2011

Mark Carne has been Chairman of Dubai and Northern Emirates Region at Royal Dutch Shell plc since September 2010. Mr. Carne served as an Executive Vice President of BG Group plc since May 1, 2005 and also its Managing Director of Europe & Central Asia since March 2006. Mr. Carne served as Managing Director – North West Europe of BG Group Plc since May 1, 2005. He joined BG from Shell, where he served as Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum and Country Chairman for Shell companies in Brunei until 2005. He was employed with Shell until 2005. He also worked in upstream assets and held a number of commercial and general management roles in the UK and the Netherlands. His first Middle East assignment was as engineering manager with Petroleum Development Oman from 1992 to 1996. Prior to that, Mr. Carne served as the Asset Director, responsible for Shell’s U.K. North Sea oil production. His international experience includes various general management roles in the U.K., Holland and Oman covering operations, engineering, commercial and business development. Mr. Carne holds a B.Sc in Engineering Science from the University of Exeter, UK and a Chartered Diploma in accounting and finance from the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology.

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Mark Carne leaving Shell (or booted out): 24 October 2012

THIS DEVELOPMENT HAS NOT BEEN ANNOUNCED PUBLICLY BY SHELL

“There must have been a power-struggle of epic dimensions for him to leave Shell the second time. I am not aware of similar career moves in the past and certainly not at his level!! Sweeping the stairs from top to bottom?”

FROM A SHELL SOURCE

John

See “restricted” internal communication today from Andy Brown concerning the pending departure of a competitor for the top job which Andy Brown now has.

You reported on your website some time ago some details about Mark Carne (photo above right):

Warning about Mark Carne of Royal Dutch Shell Plc

There must have been a power-struggle of epic dimensions for him to leave Shell the second time. I am not aware of similar career moves in the past and certainly not at his level!! Sweeping the stairs from top to bottom?

Royal Dutch Shell Internal Communication from Andy Brown, Upstream International Director. Classification: “Restricted” 24 October 2012

Mark Carne, currently Executive Vice President Middle East and North America in Upstream International, will leave his current position at the end of 2012, prior to leaving Shell in Q1 2013.

I would like to thank Mark for his many contributions during his 25 years with Shell and to wish him well in his future endeavours.

Andy Brown

Upstream International Director

ENDS

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