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Ethical BG …is Shell a good fit …given that The Corrib Project stinks all the way to the top

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Screen Shot 2015-12-23 at 09.03.45EMAIL RECIPIENTS AT BG GROUP AND ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC ARE AS LISTED

From: THE OSSL COMPANY <[email protected]>

Subject: Ethical BG …is Shell a good fit …given that The Corrib Project stinks all the way to the top

Date: 6 January 2016 at 14:22:57 GMT

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Shell launches agreed £47bn bid for UK gas producer BG Group

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Shell launches agreed £47bn bid for UK gas producer BG Group

BG confirmed on Wednesday that it was offering a cash and shares deal worth £13.67 a share – a 50% premium on BG’s market value on Tuesday night, when news of the deal first leaked.

Ben van Beurden, chief executive of Shell, said: “Bold, strategic moves shape our industry. BG and Shell are a great fit. This transaction fits with our strategy and our read on the industry landscape around us.”

Shell chairman, Jorma Ollila, said the deal was an important one for Shell: “The result will be a more competitive, stronger company for both sets of shareholders in today’s volatile oil price world.”

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SHELL CORRUPTION OF IRISH POLICE, AS ADMITTED BY ITS AGENT/CONTRACTOR: OSSL

Photo: John Donovan: Co-founder Royal Dutch Shell Plc.com

EMAIL FROM JOHN DONOVAN CIRCULATED TO EVERY IRISH T.D. ON 6 APRIL 2015

Response from The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission on 2 April 2015

SHELL CORRUPTION OF IRISH POLICE, AS ADMITTED BY ITS AGENT/CONTRACTOR: OSSL

(£30,000 worth of free alcohol given as a Christmas Gift to Garda officers.)

On 25 March 2015, I sent an email to the GSOC at the written invitation of Irish Justice Minister Ms Frances Fitzgerald T.D. supplying new evidence pertaining to the OSSL allegations against Shell E&P Ireland.  

It was in the form of an audio file and related transcript of a covertly recorded meeting between OSSL directors and their Dublin solicitor, Mr Marc Fitzgibbon. He suspected that the meeting was being recorded by OSSL, but said he was not concerned if it was. The alcohol was mentioned over 60 times in the recorded meeting.

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SHELL AGM 2015: IRISH POLICE ALCOHOL BILL ON THE AGENDA

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Screen Shot 2015-03-07 at 17.47.32JOHN DONOVAN EMAIL TO MR MICHIEL BRANDJES, COMPANY SECRETARY AND GENERAL COUNSEL CORPORATE, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC

On 3 Mar 2015, at 23:40, John Donovan wrote:

Dear Mr Brandjes

Several months ago, I publicly accused OSSL directors of bombarding Shell with blackmail demands for two years over the Shell sponsored corruption scandal in Ireland.

OSSL directors admitted supplying “gifts” on behalf of its client Shell EP Ireland to various parties, including the Irish police, to smooth the troubled path of the Corrib Gas Project.

One apparently legitimate OSSL invoice to Shell was for £30,000 of free booze showered on Irish cops accused of acting brutally towards “Shell To Sea” campaigners.

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Working for Shell didn’t stop me having morals or accepting climate change, says Mark Moody-Stuart

By John Donovan

The Guardian has published another article by former Royal Dutch Shell Group Chairman, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart.

He is apparently attempting to deal with the recent suggestion by Jonathan Porritt  that oil company employees should conducer quitting their jobs on moral grounds.

Sir Mark says that working for Shell didn’t stop him from having morals or accepting climate change.

He clearly holds himself in high esteem.

Surprising, since all manner of unethical activity took place during his time at the top of Shell, including:

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The Case against Malcolm Brinded CBE

Email Dated 4 March 2015 from Mr Bill Campbell, Retired HSE Group Auditor, Shell International, to Mr Billy Gordon, a senior officer of Police Scotland

The Case against Malcolm Brinded CBE: 

Dear Mr Gordon

Firstly, I would like to thank you for your continual support especially over the period when the Fiscal Anne Currie was carrying out her investigation into the conduct of Shell and HSE officials (2009 – 2011), Appendix C of the attached refers. If you check your files you will bring to mind that early in 2012, I sent a joint communication copied to you and the Royal Dutch Chairman (RDS) Jorma Ollila and his Legal Counsel Michiel Brandjes. We discussed in some detail the contents of a conversation that took place shortly after Shell had issued a press release (Appendix A) with a complete denial of the claims made both on BBC Scotland TV and the oil and gas industry trade Magazine Upstream. As a result of this communication, and by April 2012 ,Malcolm Brinded was released from the employ of RDS, his release initiated by his employer. For the record, as you are aware I was not allowed to come to Aberdeen to make a statement or to convey the many pages of evidence in what is a complex business. Acting to the instruction of the Fiscal Anne Currie the evidence was passed by Grampian police to her.

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Irish Police reopen and expand investigation into Shell corruption case?

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 23.00.33By John Donovan

According to an insider source, the Irish Police Garda Ombudsman Commission has reopened and expanded an investigation into evidence of corruption surrounding the Corrib Gas Project in Ireland.

I understand that this development was prompted by new evidence published on this website in relation to the whistleblower Irish company OSSL. Its directors have admitted distributing bribes on behalf of the Shell led project consortium.

This apparent development seems to be at odds with a statement issued by the Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, in the Irish Parliament on 4 December 2014.

OSSL strenuously denies allegations that it has attempted to blackmail Shell and its project partners, Statoil and Vermilion. Shell has provided written proof that it has received hundreds of money demands from OSSL for the alcohol.

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OSSL BLACKMAIL PLOT AGAINST SHELL

Screen Shot 2014-11-16 at 23.49.54To its credit Shell has not given in to the subsequent money demands, but neither has it apparently reported the matter to the Irish Police. One can see the difficulty. How do you go about asking the Irish police to investigate a blackmail plot over free alcohol worth over €35,000 given to the Irish Police accused of being “Shell’s Cops” and acting brutally towards people protesting against the controversial project?

JOHN DONOVAN EMAIL TO SUPERINTENDENT PATRICK DISKIN OF THE IRISH POLICE, THE GARDA

From: John Donovan <[email protected]>
Subject: OSSL BLACKMAIL PLOT AGAINST SHELL

Date: 16 November 2014 20:43:08 GMT
Cc: [email protected], Ed Vulliamy <[email protected]>, Lorna Siggins <[email protected]>, Dan Griffin <[email protected]>, Áine Ryan <[email protected]>, Paul O’Donoghue <[email protected]>, “Boucher-Hayes, Philip” <[email protected]>, Olga Cronin <[email protected]>, Erlend Skarsaune <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]

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American, Chad Holliday, replacing Jorma Ollila as Shell Chairman

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 09.22.43By John Donovan

Chad Holliday, the former chairman of Bank of America, is replacing the Finn Jorma Ollila as chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

Before his four year stint as chairman at Bank of America, Holliday was chairman and chief executive of Dupont.

Commenting, Mr Ollila said, ‘I am delighted that the Board has appointed Chad Holliday to succeed me as Chairman. He has a distinguished track record as an international businessman and I am sure he is the right person to chair the Board going forward after the 2015 AGM.’

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OSSL Blackmail Plot Against Shell?

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By John Donovan

Since 22 October 2014 I have been updating an article posing the question: “Shell being blackmailed?”

Top people at Royal Dutch Shell  have all spoken directly to a director of a former Shell “Mr Fixit” company in Ireland, OSSL, which has bombarded Shell with money demands to settle a dispute that Shell says it has already settled.

To be specific, Desmond Kane of OSSL has spoken in person to Peter Voser, Ben van Beurden, Jorma Ollila, Michiel Brandjes, Michael Crothers (and other senior people at Shell).

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Shell being blackmailed?

Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 08.24.58UPDATED FRIDAY 24 OCTOBER 2014 – SEE BLUE TEXT BELOW

ORIGINAL ARTICLE PUBLISHED 22 OCTOBER 2014

By John Donovan

There is evidence, some of it covertly obtained, that Royal Dutch Shell Plc may be the victim of a sustained blackmail operation.

Shell has not called in the police to investigate. Why not? Because certain information held by the party making repeated money demands to Shell, including directly to Ben van Beurden and other senior Shell executives, is true and if the current cover-up unravels, will result in a scandal of epic proportion involving Shell and a host government.

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Shell 15 page confidential statement about OSSL allegations

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By John Donovan

I have provided a link to a 15 page document dated 3 October 2014, which Shell supplied to OSSL, the Irish company that has made serious allegations against Shell.

The information in the document may be of interest to some readers who have followed the long running saga and likewise newspapers and TV and radio stations who have covered the story.

As will be seen, Shell repeatedly states that OSSL has demanded money from them when all claims by OSSL against Shell have, according to Shell, already been settled. 

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The truth about OSSL allegations

 By John Donovan

OSSL, the former Mr Fixit company for Shell EP Ireland, distributed sweeteners (bribes) on behalf of Shell to various parties to ease the tortuously slow progress of the controversial Corrib Gas Project.

The lucky recipients included a senior Irish Police Officer, Detective Chief Superintendent John Gilligan ([email protected])

OSSL has now supplied me with evidence confirming that their allegations against Shell are true.

The evidence comes from a person of high repute personally present when senior  representatives of Shell, including the Managing Director of Shell EP Ireland. Michael Crothers, carried out repeated negotiations in an attempt to agree a settlement of monies owed to OSSL for buying the sweeteners on Shell’s behalf, including alcohol.  

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Rich hypocrite Jorma Ollila joins U.S. investment bank

By John Donovan

Jorma Ollila, the departing Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc., has joined a New York based investment bank, Perella Weinberg Partners.

I can only assume that they are not concerned by the scandal of his failure to disclose ownership of a Luxembourg company worth €8.2 million. He admitted breaking the law,  but prefers to call it “neglecting the law.”

This from a man who has preached the gospel of transparency.

What a gap between the lofty rhetoric in his speeches, no doubt written by someone else, as opposed to his actual deeds.

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Shell signs global strategic alliance agreement with CNOOC

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29(Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell: Tuesday, 17 June 2014

* Shell and CNOOC sign global strategic alliance agreement

* Shell and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (cnooc) announced today that they have signed a global strategic alliance agreement

* Under agreement, companies also commit to exploring potential cooperation opportunities in upstream, midstream and downstream

* Agreement was signed by Royal Dutch Shell Chairman Jorma Ollila and CNOOC Chairman Wang Yilin

* Committed to growing business together with CNOOC and other Chinese partners and cooperating with them internationally to bring more and cleaner energy to china – CEO

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Jorma Ollila, tainted departing chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc

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“During Ollila’s time at the helm, Shell has spent hundreds of billions on new projects and lavished generous pay deals on its executives, leading to several protest votes by big investors.”

By John Donovan

The Sunday Times reported on the front page of its business section on 8 June 2014 the news that Shell has started a search for a new chairman to replace the tainted Finn, Jorma Ollila. 

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“During Ollila’s time at the helm, Shell has spent hundreds of billions on new projects and lavished generous pay deals on its executives, leading to several protest votes by big investors.”

Mr Ollila was recently fined by market regulators for failing to disclose his ownership and control of a company in Luxembourg worth 8.2 million euros. He has admitted breaking the law. He prefers to call it “neglecting the law.”

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Leaving a sinking ship: Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 14.58.51Bichsel will undoubtedly leave shortly, joining Ollila, Rees, Brown, Brinded, Voser, Finlayson, Carne… And when everything starts to collapse, he will at least now have the satisfaction of saying “I told you so”. This is typical for a coward…

By John Donovan

Earlier today Reuters published comments attributed to Royal Dutch Shell Plc Executive Director, Matthias Bichsel.

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“There is always so much talk about these big LNG projects around the world, but only a small fraction of them will get built,” said Matthias Bichsel, who is also a member of Shell’s Executive Committee.

The Financial Times has this weekend pointed put “the company’s leadership is changing at a time when its financial performance has been under scrutiny from investors” and also drew attention to the recent profit warning, following a succession of dismal quarterly results. 

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Shell starts search for successor to chief

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 14.37.49Extract from a Financila Times article by Andrew Parker and Guy Chazan published 8 June 2014

One person familiar with the situation said Mr Ollila was planning to step down because of corporate governance rules, and that the timing of his departure had nothing to do with Shell’s recent financial difficulties. Ben van Beurden became the company’s chief executive in January, when it issued the first profit warning in its history. This… followed several quarters of disappointing results.

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Oil Giant Shell Kicks Off Hunt For New Chair

Screen Shot 2014-06-07 at 14.37.49Extract from a SkyNews article by its City Editor, Mark Kleinman, published Saturday 7 June 2014 

Royal Dutch Shell, the biggest company on London’s stock market, has kicked off the hunt for a new chairman. Sky News has learnt that the oil giant has asked Egon Zehnder International, the executive search firm, to identify a successor to Jorma Ollila, who is expected to step down next year. The leadership transition will represent another important moment for Shell, with Mr Ollila having taken over as chairman in 2006 in the wake of a scandal which involved the company dramatically overstating its reserves.

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Threat by GSOC officer leading investigation of Shell/Irish Police Corruption allegations

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  • Threat against John Donovan by officer leading Garda Ombudsman investigation of Shell/Irish Police Corruption allegations – Mr Johan Groenewald. 
  • Warning by Mr Groenewald about honesty of OSSL before he has even announced the result of his impartial investigation
  • Denial by Mr Groenewald that he tore up OSSL statements
  • As a result of revelations in the extraordinary email correspondence below, some Irish citizens may have reservations about his competence, impartiality, judgement, and plain common-sense to lead such an investigation
  • Some may conclude that due to his disregard of evidence, he has destroyed the credibility of his findings before they have even been published.

By John Donovan

I sent an email earlier this week to Johan Groenewald, the officer in charge of the Garda Ombudsman (GSOC) investigation into OSSL allegations of Irish police corruption sponsored by Shell, relating to the controversial Corrib Gas Project.

I did not anticipate any response because Mr Groenewald had indicated through OSSL that he did not want to receive any emails from me.

Against expectations,  he did respond and has since engaged in a flurry of email correspondence with me, the tone of which was initially constructive and polite, but deteriorated earlier today when he resorted to issuing a threat and then sent a parting email message, before blocking my emails so I could not reply.

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Irish Corruption Scandal: OSSL Cessation of hostilities

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 13.41.10By John Donovan

Last month I supplied OSSL directors with admittance passes for the Royal Dutch Shell AGM in The Hague.

I have already published a transcript of the resultant interesting public discussion between Desmond Kane for OSSL (above right) and the two top people at Shell, its CEO Ben van Beurden and Chairman Jorma Ollila.

Since then, the one way barrage of emails from OSSL to various parties, Shell, the Irish Police Commissioner, the Irish Justice Minister, Roadbridge, the Police Ombudsman, etc – all copied to me – seems to have ceased.

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The most Bilderbergian company of all, Shell Oil

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Bilderberg critics are often labelled conspiracy theorists, particularly due to beliefs that the meeting is a sinister attempt by the global elite to concentrate power and establish a global government. (Source)

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29Extract from a Guardian article by Charlie Skelton published 2 June 2014 under the headline: Bilderberg 2014: George Osborne and the man at the centre of everything

After wrapping up his career in public service, Kerr hopped gracefully into the City, and was until recently deputy chairman of the most Bilderbergian company of all, Shell Oil.  Half diplomat, half corporate creature, Sir John is the ultimate behind-the-scenes powerbroker – a barely visible fixer, in whom the public and private spheres are perfectly melded. He’s Bilderberg incarnate.

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The confidential nature of Bilderberg led to criticism of the group’s lack of transparency and accountability, along with concerns about potential lobbying. There has also been speculation from conspiracy theorists about the purpose of the meetings. The secretive approach to staging the conferences has led to the younger generation of Bilderberg attendees being uncomfortable with the policy of total media exclusion. SOURCE

The recent secretive and controversial Bilderberg Conference attended by Ben van Beurden and Jorma Ollila.

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Ben van Beurden and Jorma Ollila agree OSSL meeting to achieve ‘a happy conclusion’

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By John Donovan

Printed below is a transcript of a self-explanatory exchange at the Shell AGM this morning involving Desmond Kane representing whistleblower company OSSL and Jorma Ollila (Chairman) and Ben van Beurden (CEO) representing Royal Dutch Shell Plc.

Note that Ben van Beurden repeatedly stresses that there is no evidence to support the allegations OSSL is “fond of making.”

What he does not say is that the alleged events never happened.

And what about the evidence of the OSSL invoice to Shell? Is Shell saying that the OSSL invoice is a fake? If so, Shell should call in the police. It would be their duty to do so.

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Royal Dutch Shell Chairman Jorma Ollila failed to disclose ownership of Luxembourg company worth €8.2 million

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 12.56.28“It will be interesting to see what happens next. If Ollila (right) did not disclose his Luxembourg interests to the authorities, this was presumably because he did not declare them for tax purposes either. So when others within the companies that he leads commit breaches of inconvenient laws, they can presumably use the justification that they are only following the example of their chairman. Since Ollila does not have any oil industry specific skills to offer, the only reason for his role as chairman is to provide leadership and to set an example as a role model. As such, his conviction for breaking securities laws should be seen as gross or wilful negligence.  I presume that he will be resigning before the AGM.” It is almost exactly 10 years since another dishonest Royal Dutch Shell Chairman, Sir Phil Watts, resigned in disgrace.

By John Donovan

Jorma Ollila, the Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc has been fined by market regulators for failing to disclose his ownership and control of a company in Luxembourg worth 8.2 million euros. He has admitted breaking the law. He prefers to call it “neglecting the law.”

It is therefore interesting to reflect on his past comments about transparency and trust.

The following extracts are all taken from a speech he made as Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc on 1 November 2012.

Extract

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Jorma Ollila fined for concealing Luxembourg investments

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Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29Extract from an article published 26 March 2014 by

Jorma Ollila, who is now chairman of the board of both Royal Dutch Shell and steelmaker Outokumpu, has been fined 3,000 euros by Finland’s Financial Supervisory Authority (Fiva) for failing to make a timely disclosure that he owns an investment company called Kestrel SA. The company is based in Luxembourg and was worth 8.2 million euros at the end of 2012, reports the daily Helsingin Sanomat. The paper says he told Fiva that he “mistakenly” neglected to notify authorities of the firm…

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Finnish market watchdog sanctions Shell chairman Ollila

Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 00.22.33HELSINKI, March 26 Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:14pm EDT

(Reuters) – Finland’s financial watchdog said it has imposed a 3,000 euro fine against Jorma Ollila, the board chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc as well as Outokumpu Oyj for not declaring a company he controlled to a public insider register.

A spokeswoman for the Finnish Financial Supervisory Authority said on Wednesday that Ollila had been given an administrative fine for not disclosing Kestrel SA, an investment company he owns, in time in the public insider register of steel firm Outokumpu.

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Royal Dutch Shell Uncertainty in Ukraine

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*Three days after Russian diplomats assured the West that Russia will not invade Ukraine, Russia … invaded Ukraine.

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By John Donovan

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29In 2012 Shell won a license to start commercial production at the Yuzivska gas field in eastern Ukraine. A year ago then Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser signed a contract to drill for natural gas in Ukraine.

In January of this year, following negotiations between RDS Chairman Jorma Ollila and the then Prime Minister of the Ukraine, Shell expanded its plans for the Ukraine.

All of these deals were agreed while Viktor F. Yanukovich was President of the country.

Unfortunately for Shell the corrupt President is now deposed and hiding in Russia under the protection and control of Putin.

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Royal Dutch Shell leadership: Bring back Sir Henri Deterding

Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 10.22.50If only it was possible to resurrect Sir Henri Deterding at his best, the extraordinary Dutchman who built the Royal Dutch Shell Group. In his first couple of decades at Shell he was a brilliant decisive leader brimming with ambition, ideas and incredible determination. He would have acted to exploit BP’s self-inflicted misfortunes, whereas Van der Veer and Voser let the opportunity pass and instead took Shell down a disastrous path placing all bets on so-called elephant projects that turned out to be white elephants.

By John Donovan

In my view, the last Shell executive director/Chairman who had any gumption and plain commonsense was Sir John Jennings.

Since his time, long term Shell shareholders have witnessed a parade of hopelessly incompetent Royal Dutch Shell fat cat bosses.

The roll call of failed leaders includes Sir Philip Watts, Jeroen van der Veer and Peter Voser.

All three mired by disappointment and scandal.

Jorma Ollila has been non-executive Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc for several years spanning the tenures of the last two failed CEO’s and has proven equally uninspiring and flawed.

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Ukraine’s cooperation with Shell expanded

27 January 2014

Ukraine’s agreement with international company Royal Dutch Shell remains inviolable, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has reaffirmed in Davos. Moreover, according to him, cooperation with the largest international company will be expanded, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.

Following the results of negotiations in Davos between Azarov and Jorma Ollila, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Royal Dutch Shell, it became known that the seventh largest company in the world can deal not only with shale gas production in Ukraine.

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The destabilisation of Royal Dutch Shell gathers pace

Screen Shot 2014-01-20 at 15.21.18While speculation still swirls about the unexpected early exit by Peter Voser and the abrupt departure by Peter Rees, we can now add the name of Andy Brown to the mystery about the seismic developments and uncertainty that has engulfed Royal Dutch Shell Plc. 

By John Donovan 

Three weeks ago I published an article under the headline Voser wisely abandons an unstable ship.

I listed some of the factors that led me to make that assessment.

Since then the destabilisation of Royal Dutch Shell has gathered pace with the profits warning that shocked the markets on Friday. 

Today, Shell made an announcement about Andy Brown, the third exit (in his case extended medical leave after heart surgery) from the committee of executive directors in as many weeks.

While speculation still swirls about the unexpected early exit by Peter Voser and the abrupt departure by Peter Rees, we can now add the name of Andy Brown to the mystery about the seismic developments and uncertainty that has engulfed Royal Dutch Shell Plc. 

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Shell shock as new boss is appointed

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL sprang another surprise on the City yesterday by naming its head of refining Ben van Beurden as its new chief executive to succeed Peter Voser next January.

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Published: Wed, July 10, 2013

Dutchman Van Beurden, 55, who has been with the Anglo-Dutch oil giant for 30 years but only appointed to the board in January as boss of its downstream operations, had not been touted as a likely contender to replace Voser, whose decision to stand down after less than five years in the top job had stunned investors.

Analysts had focused on chief financial officer Simon Henry and other divisional heads including Marvin Odum and Andy Brown as potential successors, although Shell also reviewed outside candidates.

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Shell picks Ben van Beurden as surprise new chief

Royal Dutch Shell has named Ben van Beurden, a 30-year company veteran, as its new chief executive in an unexpected appointment.

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By : 9:21AM BST 09 Jul 2013

The Anglo-Dutch energy giant said on Tuesday morning that Mr Van Beurden, 55, will take charge at the start of next year, with current CEO Peter Voser remaining at Shell until May.

When Mr Voser stunned investors by resigning two months ago, Mr Van Beurden (pictured right) was not believed to be one of the frontrunners, with chief financial officer Simon Henry touted as a likely successor. Mr Van Beurden runs Shell’s downstream business, which sells petrol to consumers and industry, and is a relative unknown.

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Royal Dutch Shell members of the secretive Bilderberg Group

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc board members Peter Voser, Simon Henry and Jorma Ollila, all members of the sinister Bilderberg Group and participants in the controversial 2013 Bilderberg Conference. How is their membership is such a secretive organisation compatible with Shell’s claimed core business principles of openness and transparency? (Comment by John Donovan)

Famous for being shrouded in secrecy, the Bilderberg conference took place in Britain for the first time since 1998 and conspiracy theorists believe this is where leaders plot world domination.

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The huge police operation drafted in to monitor the four-day event in Watford, which has previously attracted mass demonstrations, could cost the British taxpayer as much as £2million or more, it has been claimed. Since its inception in 1954, Bilderberg  has held annual gatherings of 120-150 invited political leaders and experts from industry, finance, academia and the media, designed to ‘foster dialogue between Europe and North America’. The group describes the conference as ‘a forum for informal, off-the-record discussions about megatrends and the major issues facing the world’ and states that the private nature of the meeting allows participants to ‘listen, reflect and gather insights’ without being bound by the conventions of office or by pre-agreed public positions.There is no detailed agenda, no resolutions are proposed, no votes are taken, and no policy statements are issued.

Several cars with blacked-out windows entered the gates of the Grove Hotel, near Watford, in Hertfordshire, were seen arriving the secretive meeting. Some were heckled by crowds of protestors outside.

BILDERBERG CONFERENCE 2013: FULL LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

Chairman: Henri de Castries, Chairman and CEO, AXA Group

Paul M. Achleitner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG

Josef Ackermann, Chairman of the Board, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd

Marcus Agius, Former Chairman, Barclays plc

Helen Alexander, Chairman, UBM plc

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A slap for Shell

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By Rob Davies: PUBLISHED 22 May 2013

Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 23.42.42Investors joined environmental protesters in giving Royal Dutch Shell a slap on the wrists, as a tenth of them failed to back the oil giant’s pay arrangements.

In what is likely to be chief executive Peter Voser’s last annual meeting before he retires, some 10 per cent of shareholders snubbed the remuneration report.

The vote comes just days after Shell’s London offices were raided in a European Commission investigation into oil price fixing.

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Shell says hunt for new CEO is underway

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By Andrew Callus

THE HAGUE | Tue May 21, 2013 9:35am EDT

(Reuters) – The hunt for Royal Dutch Shell’s (RDSa.L) next chief executive is underway, its chairman said on Tuesday, after CEO Peter Voser made what could be his last appearance at the oil group’s annual shareholder meeting.

Voser announced his surprise decision three weeks ago to step down in the first half of 2014, before his 56th birthday, and less than five years into the role.

“The process has started,” Shell chairman Jorma Ollila told Reuters after the meeting when asked about the succession plan.

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Russia and the Netherlands cement special relationship with Shell drilling deal

City Diary: Russia and the Netherlands cement special relationship with Shell drilling deal

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By , City Diary Editor 8:30AM BST 10 Apr 2013

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Good to see Vladimir Putin looking for leadership guidance on his trade tour of the Netherlands.

Not from Shell chairman Jorma Ollila – although the pair’s date to sign off the Arctic drilling agreement between Shell and Russia’s state-owned Gazprom Neft was the focus of the Russian president’s Dutch detour.

Instead, Putin made a beeline for the Hermitage museum in Amsterdam, where he soaked up the opening of an exhibition on his political predecessor, Peter the Great. Peter de Grote, as he is in known in the Low Countries, used the Netherlands as the template for his mission to modernise 17th century Russia.

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Taped telephone call confirms Shell Brent Bravo explosion cover-up

Bill Campbell believes that the innocent victims of Shell senior managements willingness to put production, profits, personal greed and ambition before the safety of Shell offshore employees, are being blamed for their own tragic avoidable deaths. Journalists who feel duped by information given to them by Shell, including by its then CEO Jeroen van der Veer, may wish to ask Bill Campbell for a transcript of his taped telephone conversation with Royal Dutch Shell Chief Internal Auditor Jakob Stausholm. It blows the lid off the Brent Bravo Scandal and the related cover-up.

By John Donovan

Brinded didn’t jump, he was pushed

Printed below is an email sent to Grampian Police on 10 Sept 2012 by Bill Campbell, the retired HSE Group Auditor of Shell International. The email was copied to Jorma Ollila, Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Keith Ruddock, General Counsel Shell EP and Geoffrey Podger, Chief Executive of the UK Health & Safety Executive.

The email relates to the Shell Brent Bravo Scandal. In 2005, Shell was fined a record £900,000 at Stonehaven Sheriff Court, for a series of safety failings on the Brent Bravo platform, which led to a gas leak inside the giant platform’s utility leg and the tragic avoidable deaths of two workers, Keith Moncrieff and Sean McCue.

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Welcome Mr Ollila to Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Welcome Mr Ollila to Royal Dutch Shell Plc

Monday 29 August 2005: 09.50

By Alfred Donovan

Mr Jorma Ollila is the Chairman designate of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. Reportedly a man of the highest repute, Mr Ollila is due to take up his non-executive position in June 2006. He has a reputation as a dynamic and highly successful businessman. It’s a long time since Shell had someone combining all of these qualities. We wish him
well.

(Sketch courtesy of The Wall Street Journal)

An Open Letter to Mr Jorma Ollila

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Ollila appointment does not breach combined code but mocks its spirit

Financial Times: Ollila appointment does not breach combined code but mocks its spirit

“Shell’s appointment of Mr Jorma Ollila as chairman of the newly unified company has been widely welcomed – not least by its institutional shareholders. It appears to have escaped their notice that Mr Ollila will remain chairman of Nokia…”

Tuesday 9 August 2005

By JAB Joll

Published: August 9 2005

From Mr J. A. B. Joll.

Sir, Shell’s appointment of Mr Jorma Ollila as chairman of the newly unified company has been widely welcomed – not least by its institutional shareholders. It appears to have escaped their notice that Mr Ollila will remain chairman of Nokia, though he is relinquishing the role of chief executive officer that he also currently holds.

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SHELL: Two radical steps could further distance Royal Dutch Shell from the reserves scandal

SHELL: Two radical steps could further distance Royal Dutch Shell from the reserves scandal

Monday 8 August 2005

By John Donovan

Although the media has welcomed the appointment of Jorma Ollila as the new Shell Chairman from June 2006, many of the news reports about his recruitment also include references to the Shell reserves debacle. This is despite the fact that over a year and a half has passed since news first broke about the scandal.

Commentary harking back to the scandal has been a regular feature of news reports about Shell. Although Shell has paid nearly a quarter of a billion dollars in regulatory fines and litigation settlements, other litigation is still proceeding, as well as on-going investigations, so there is no prospect of negative commentary abating any time soon. There is also the matter of the pending FSA tribunal ruling in respect of proceedings brought by disgraced former Shell Chairman Sir Phillip Watts.

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THE SUNDAY TIMES: Exshellent

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Exshellent

“A PLEASANT surprise at last from Royal Dutch Shell. How about that? Jorma Ollila is an excellent choice as the group’s next chairman. Few businessmen command the same level of international respect as Nokia’s chief executive.”

Sunday 7 August 2005

A PLEASANT surprise at last from Royal Dutch Shell. How about that? Jorma Ollila is an excellent choice as the group’s next chairman. Few businessmen command the same level of international respect as Nokia’s chief executive.

That’s also the view of Sir Chris Gent, one of Ollila’s best customers when he was at Vodafone. Gent, who has also moved up a corporate rung as chairman of Glaxo Smith Kline, said Ollila had “tremendous strategic insight which will propel Shell forwards”.

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The Observer: Shell has Ollila; now what it needs is oil

The Observer: Shell has Ollila; now what it needs is oil

Sunday 7 August 2005

Oliver Morgan

Sunday August 7, 2005

Congratulations to Royal Dutch Shell on finding a true industrial heavyweight to be its next chairman. Last week’s appointment of Nokia’s Jorma Ollila went down well among Shell followers, and the mishap-prone Anglo-Dutch behemoth even got some rather favourable press. A round of large advocaats for the board, then? Not so fast, barman.

Ollila may turn out to be the best man for the job, but he starts out as the best man to fit a set of criteria so stringent as to have been raising eyebrows in the City for months. That the next chairman of the recently unified ‘new Shell’ was not to be a Brit, a Dutchman or an American for fear of inflaming national rivalries suggested the company had not consigned its notoriously political culture to the past.

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Sunday Telegraph: Mr Mobile’s Shell shock

Sunday Telegraph: Mr Mobile’s Shell shock

“Jorma Ollila, the new chairman of Shell, is one of the world’s most admired businessmen. But how will he adapt to the oil giant’s bureaucracy…”: “Shell is still dealing with the consequences of last year’s scandal of the over-booking of its oil and gas reserves. That debacle led to the departure of its three most senior executives, including Sir Philip Watts, the chairman”

Sunday 7 August 2005

(Filed: 07/08/2005)

Jorma Ollila, the new chairman of Shell, is one of the world’s most admired businessmen. But how will he adapt to the oil giant’s bureaucracy, having come from fast-growing, unhierarchical Nokia? asks Sylvia Pfeifer

British teenagers voted him the most creative thinker of modern times in a poll conducted last year by the Design Council. It was an unexpected accolade from text-obsessed 14-to-18 year-olds for Jorma Ollila, the chief executive of Nokia, the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer.

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The upwardly mobile Finn

Financial Times: The upwardly mobile Finn

“Now established as one of the world’s most feted business executives, Mr Ollila is poised for an entirely different challenge as non-executive chairman of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, a company in the midst of its own corporate transformation from sister Anglo-Dutch companies to a single entity.”: “…his reputation as a stickler for corporate governance standards should help Shell put behind it last year’s scandal involving over-stating its reserves.”

Saturday 6 August 2005

By Christopher Brown-Humes and Hugh Carnegy

Published: August 6 2005

It is one of those tantalising “what if” questions of recent corporate history.

Only three months before Jorma Ollila became chief executive of Nokia in January 1992, the Finnish banks that then controlled the company were in talks to sell the group to Ericsson, its great Swedish rival.

Ericsson walked away. The Swedes had their beady eye on the mobile telephony operation that Nokia had tucked away in its sprawling portfolio of businesses. But they were put off by Nokia’s heavily loss-making consumer electronics division.

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Lex: Royal Dutch Shell

Financial Times: Lex: Royal Dutch Shell

“Mr Ollila’s high international standing and proven track record of running a global business make him a credible addition to Shell’s new single board. But, importantly, he is also a Finn.”

Friday 5 August 2005

Published: August 5 2005

The fact that “all major oil” is an anagram of Jorma Ollila is probably not among the reasons why Nokia’s departing chief executive has been appointed as Royal Dutch Shell’s non-executive chairman.

Mr Ollila’s high international standing and proven track record of running a global business make him a credible addition to Shell’s new single board. But, importantly, he is also a Finn. It makes sense for Shell, keen for its streamlined structure to be seen as neither too British nor too Dutch, to appoint someone from outside both cultures.

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Shell snaps up Nokia’s Ollila as chairman

Financial Times: Shell snaps up Nokia’s Ollila as chairman

“Investors reacted favourably to the announcement, with analysts saying that Shell had managed to make two impressive senior appointments amid a raft of bad news, from delayed projects and cost overruns to poorer-than-expected earnings.”

Friday 5 August 2005

By Carola Hoyos

Published: August 5 2005 03:00 | Last updated: August 5 2005 03:00

Shell, the world’s third largest energy group, yesterday tapped Jorma Ollila, the man who transformed Nokia from a little-known Finnish group into the world’s leading mobile phone maker, to be the non-executive chairman of its newly unified board.

Investors reacted favourably to the announcement, with analysts saying that Shell had managed to make two impressive senior appointments amid a raft of bad news, from delayed projects and cost overruns to poorer-than-expected earnings.

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The Scotsman (UK): Shell looks to new chairman Ollila to ring the changes

The Scotsman (UK): Shell looks to new chairman Ollila to ring the changes

“Royal Dutch Shell swept aside 100 years of history with the merger of its two boards last month – a move designed to eliminate the failings that led to a scandal about over-booked crude reserves that dogged the group through 2004.”

Friday Aug 05, 2005

Nick Bevens

OIL giant Royal Dutch Shell yesterday appointed the Finnish boss of mobile phone firm Nokia as its new non-executive chairman.

Jorma Ollila, 54, who helped to transform Nokia into one of the world’s most successful mobile phone and telecoms infrastructure companies, will step down as its chief executive next June.

His appointment follows a report last month that the group was seeking a successor for interim chairman Aad Jacobs who was neither British nor Dutch, to avoid upsetting the power balance.

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The Independent (UK): Royal Dutch Shell names Nokia chief as next chairman

The Independent: Royal Dutch Shell names Nokia chief as next chairman

“Mr Ollila is expected to play a key role in the strategic development of Shell, which is still recovering from the reserves misreporting scandal last year which cost the previous chairman, Sir Philip Watts, his job and prompted the sweeping corporate overhaul of the company.”

Friday Aug 05, 2005

Michael Harrison

The oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is to appoint an outsider as chairman for the first time in its 100-year history after announcing yesterday that Jorma Ollila, the outgoing chief executive of the Finnish mobile phone group Nokia, will take up the post in June.

Mr Ollila, who will become the non-executive chairman of Nokia at the same time, will be paid pounds 500,000 in his new role at Shell and will be expected to work for the company for two to three days a week.

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BLOOMBERG: Shell Names Nokia Chief Executive Ollila as Chairman

BLOOMBERG: Shell Names Nokia Chief Executive Ollila as Chairman (Update6)

“Shell, Europe’s second largest oil company, ousted former Chairman Philip Watts and two other senior executives, paid a record fine in the U.K. and lost its top tier credit rating after announcing the restatement of its oil and gas reserves last year.”: “Cost overruns and delays at Shell projects such as its Sakhalin oil and gas venture in Russia have also spurred concern about the company’s project management and internal control, according to analysts and investors.”

Posted Friday 5 August 2005

Aug. 4 (Bloomberg) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc, seeking to restore investor confidence after overstating oil and gas reserves for three years, said it picked Nokia Oyj’s Jorma Ollila as chairman following an eight-month search.

Ollila, Nokia’s chairman and chief executive officer, will succeed Aad Jacobs in the non-executive role at The Hague-based Shell from June 1, 2006, said Bianca Ruakere, a Shell spokeswoman. Ollila, 54, who turned Nokia into the world’s biggest mobile phone company, this week said he’ll step down as CEO next year.

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The Guardian: Nokia chief to take charge at Shell

The Guardian: Nokia chief to take charge at Shell

“His appointment, which will run for an initial period of three years, marks a further step in the restructuring at Royal Dutch Shell in the wake of the reserves over-booking scandal last year.”

Friday August 5, 2005

Mark Milner and Richard Wray

Royal Dutch Shell has chosen the outgoing Nokia chief executive, Jorma Ollila, to become its £500,000-a-year non-executive chairman.

The new chief, who will replace Aad Jacobs, will be based in the Hague and will take up his new role in June next year.

His appointment, which will run for an initial period of three years, marks a further step in the restructuring at Royal Dutch Shell in the wake of the reserves over-booking scandal last year.

Mr Ollila, under whose stewardship Nokia was transformed into the world’s leading mobile phone maker, was selected after a process which included executives from the US, Britain, the Netherlands and elsewhere in continental Europe. His appointment is understood to have been approved unanimously by both the committee set up to find a new chairman and the Royal Dutch Shell board.

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