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Shell Oil president reports progress in Arctic offshore drilling off Alaska’s

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Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 11.35.25The Arctic ecosystem is already weakened because the ice is melting, yet Shell is willing to risk an oil spill there that they wouldn’t be able to clean up.

By Mo Ahmad – September 4, 2015

Alaska’s fiscal crisis seemed unimaginable only a few years ago when oil fields in the North Slope brought in revenue that allowed the state to forego sales and income taxes while issuing yearly checks to every resident and banking billions for rainy days. “Now we’re coming out of that and it looks like we’re moving into a time period of good weather”.

However, Obama will speak on Monday in Alaska about the necessity to take urgent and aggressive action against climate change, during a three-day trip to raise awareness on the effects of global warming. The Arctic ecosystem is already weakened because the ice is melting, yet Shell is willing to risk an oil spill there that they wouldn’t be able to clean up. read more

Insiders Perspective on Shell VP Arjen Dorland

Royal Dutch Shell VP Arjen Dorland

Royal Dutch Shell VP Arjen Dorland

One of few respected IT-illuminati, shortly before he retired, suggested that Dorland was a bit of an animal if not held on a tight leash…

From a Shell Source

Amusing to see Arjen Dorland extolling the virtues of technological enablement of exploration within Shell especially given his limited engagement with and knowledge of this part of the business. One suggests that there is an ulterior motive here and one worth going through in detail. It’s been noted on here previously how Arjen Dorland first rose without trace at the start of the millennium in the battered Shell IT organisation, having originally been identified as a JG 1-2 maximum level employee (the Shell system, as we all know, sets CEP levels for all its staff and this system is rigorously enforced by the myriad HR managers that Shell homes and encourages). He remains to this day intensely bitter about that initial positioning and it explains his character and motivation to a ‘T’. read more

Executive Pay

In the Oil & Gas sector we know that today’s decisions usually impact on results  several years out into the future.  I see todays Shell results largely attributable to decisions made by Jeroen van der Veer and Linda Cook on Sakhalin and Qatar.  They had the determination and vision to play the long game and take Shell to where it is now.  It is upsetting to see the current management team claiming credit and excessive financial rewards off the efforts of others.  Today’s team gets top marks for spin but the jury is still out on their business performance.   read more

Canada candidate for top Shell job

Financial Times: Canada candidate for top Shell job

By Carola Hoyos in London

Published: May 19 2004 5:00 | Last Updated: May 19 2004 5:00

Royal Dutch/Shell yesterday announced the first promotion to its committee of managing directors since the scandal over its oil and gas reserves cut its members from six to three.

The appointment of Linda Cook, president and chief executive of Shell Canada, requires approval by shareholders at next month’s annual meeting. If it is passed, she will take up her post in August.

She is to run the group’s natural gas and power operations – a position she held before her move to Canada in 2003.
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She was universally hated and in the end Shell thankfully ducked appointing her as CEO and she cleared off in a hissy fit! Laughing all the way to the bank no doubt.

Graphic From Daily Mail Article: Shell braced for yet another revolt over directors’ pay

Wilt Staph Posting on Apr 15th, 2010 at 10:16 am

Shell insiders will be shocked but not surprised by the revelations about Linda cook’s departure. There are two main factors at play in this sorry saga – Americanisation and diversity. Senior American executives in Shell have historically had bonus and pay structures which far exceed those of their mainly European colleagues. The uneasy relationship between Shell’s US subsidiary, Shell Oil, and the rest of RDS over the years led to a number of high-flying Americans moving into the Shell international arena to try and address this problem. In virtually every instance these moves have been unmitigated disasters. read more

Shell braced for yet another revolt over directors’ pay

“The oil titan is set to encounter protests over a controversial £4.8m severance deal for its former gas and power chief Linda Cook, a leading institutional shareholder told the Mail.”

By Sam Fleming
Last updated at 11:24 PM on 13th April 2010

Royal Dutch Shell faces another turbulent annual general meeting next month after failing to assuage all of its investors’ concerns about director pay.

The oil titan is set to encounter protests over a controversial £4.8m severance deal for its former gas and power chief Linda Cook, a leading institutional shareholder told the Mail.

Discontent is also simmering after chief financial officer Simon Henry moved to a Dutch employment contract, which will ensure more generous rights. And a hearty compensation package handed to former chief executive Jeroen van der Veer remains a bone of contention. read more

Short-termism at Royal Dutch Shell

There is a culpable short-termism about Shell at the moment. But we have seen it all before.


There is a culpable short-termism about Shell at the moment. But we have seen it all before.

It is mind-blowing that one of the world’s largest corporations cannot:

(a) Decide what its strategy is

(b) Use its huge resources to stick with that strategy over the medium to long term.

I would humbly suggest:

(1) Concentrate exclusively on upstream and midstream oil and gas.

(2) Get rid of activities that fall outside the competances of those at the top (Refining and Marketing especially). read more

$7.6m golden goodbye for Shell Exec Linda Cook: No wonder she is smiling

Linda Cook: 29 years’ service with Shell. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/Rex Features


17 March 2010
Mark Cobley

Yesterday the Dutch shareholders’ group VEB, which represents small investors, blasted Royal Dutch Shell for paying out $13m to boost a departing director’s pension pot, coupled with a $7.6m “golden goodbye”.

Errol Keyner from VEB told the Guardian newspaper: “The people who came up with this must have been smoking something which is not allowed in law. It’s beyond belief.” read more

Ex-Shell boss receives £5m sweetener

Daily Mail
17 March 2010, 8:11am

Linda Cook, the former head of Shell’s oil and gas division, received a £5m compensation payment after losing out on the role of chief executive to Peter Voser.

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Compensation: Linda Cook
In total she walked away with £7m including salary and bonus, making her the highest paid Shell executive last year.

The revelation came in the firm’s annual report and will overshadow a well received strategy update by Voser.

His earnings were £2.9m last year.

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Shell to sell refineries to boost output

Daily Telegraph: Royal Dutch Shell has unveiled the most dramatic overhaul of its business in recent memory, outlining plans to exit more than a third of its 90 retail markets, slash refining capacity and return to growth after seven years of falling output.

By Garry White
Published: 10:10PM GMT 16 Mar 2010

Peter Voser, chief executive, unveiled a further 1,000 jobs cuts in addition to the 6,000 already announced as he vowed to “sharpen up” Shell in the next three years by boosting output by 11pc.

“Shell has been disadvantaged recently, due to our higher exposure to refining and natural gas, where margins are hard-wired to the economy,” Mr Voser said.

“The priorities are for a more competitive performance, for growth, and for sharper delivery of strategy. We have more to do to drive out cost and improve the operating performance in the company.” read more

Shell Pays CEO Voser $4.4M, Ex-Exec Linda Cook Gets $7.6M Severance


MARCH 16, 2010, 6:47 A.M. ET By Lananh Nguyen and Jeffrey Sparshott Of Dow Jones Newswires

LONDON (Dow Jones)–Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB) said Tuesday it made a $7.6 million severance payment to the former head of its gas and power division last year, making her the highest-earning executive at the Anglo-Dutch oil major in 2009.

Linda Cook resigned as an executive director of the company on June 1, soon after Shell appointed Peter Voser as chief executive. Cook, one of the most senior women in the global oil industry, was a top contender for the post and had worked for Shell for 29 years. read more

Shell’s female head of gas and power earned £3.9m in 2008 – by resigning

Oil company’s ‘golden goodbye’ made Linda Cook the second highest-paid businesswoman in Britain

Terry Macalister, Monday 14 September 2009 18.39 BST:

Linda Cook earned £3.9m last year, making her the second best-paid businesswoman in Britain. But the former head of gas and power at Shell only achieved the top remuneration spot after a “golden goodbye” when she left the company after 29 years’ service.

American-born Cook abruptly resigned after losing out to rival Peter Voser in the race for the chief executive role following the retirement of long-standing boss, Jeroen van der Veer. read more

BP shuts alternative energy HQ

• 'Beyond Petroleum' boast in doubt as clean energy boss quits • Renewables budget will be reduced by up to £550m this year

Big oil maintains its focus, mostly, on… oil

And the European majors, BP and Royal Dutch Shell, who made names for themselves in leading the oil majors into renewables, now seem to be backtracking in those areas.

UPDATE: Leaked Shell E-mail Shows 62 Senior Executive Appointments

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Monday June 22nd, 2009 / 17h48

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LONDON -(Dow Jones)- An internal e-mail from Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) leaked to a blog critical of the company has revealed the appointments of 62 senior executives to new roles within the restructured company.

The e-mail dated June 16, sent by incoming Chief Executive Peter Voser, was published Saturday on the blog A Shell spokesman said the company does not comment on purported leaks.

Effective July 1, Ceri Powell, former Executive Vice President, or EVP, for Strategy becomes EVP for Exploration for the company’s international operations, the e-mail said. Dave Lawrence, former EVP for global exploration moves to head up exploration in the new Shell Americas division. read more

Surprise departure as Shell set for revamp, an independent website used by Shell staff, said yesterday that more than 30 per cent of senior managers were expected to go.