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Jessica Uhl, tainted by Enron, a huge risk IMHO.

from an old EP hand:

Another american woman. I do not know her, she must be very clever. But Shell has not had a lot of luck with senior american women. Do I need to mention the Cook woman? Or the Boynton woman?

And as a total outsider, I must observe that this Uhl woman is a bit tainted. She worked for Enron in the top years of all the scandals and in a very senior position.

We now know that the people working in Enron in that period might be the cleverest in the business, but not the most ethical ones. And for a finance director only the highest ethical standards should apply. A huge risk IMHO. read more

Shell’s CFO Pick Leaves Most Analysts Asking Simply ‘Who?’

by Rakteem Katakey: 15 December 2016, 16:47 GMT

Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s appointment of Jessica Uhl as finance chief on Thursday posed one simple question for many of the analysts who follow Europe’s largest oil company: “Who?”

The 48-year-old U.S. citizen, currently head of finance for Shell’s Integrated Gas unit — a key cash cow since this year’s acquisition of BG Group Plc — will take over from Simon Henry in March. Having been at the oil major for 12 years, exclusively in finance, she has “in-depth knowledge” to execute its cash-generation plans, according to Shell. read more

A word in your Shell-like

Screen Shot 2013-01-23 at 13.17.19FROM OUR FEBRUARY 2005 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE: “…we learned last year that the company leadership had been systematically lying to itself, its shareholders and wider stakeholders about the size of its oil reserves.”: “for years Shell lied about its sustainability as a business while preaching principles that it was betraying.”: “Shell had knowingly overstated its reserves by a third, a monumental betrayal of trust that is Europe’s version of Enron.”

By John Donovan

We have printed below a brilliant Will Hutton article published by The Observer on Sunday 6 February 2005. As he correctly says, this was a company that was lying to itself. No wonder Sir Philip Watts is seeking redemption.

The Observer: A word in your Shell-like

By Will Hutton: Sunday February 6, 2005

There’s nothing wrong with making profits. But we deserve a more sophisticated debate about sharing them

There is nothing like the news of one of Britain’s biggest companies making record profits to bring out all our ambiguities about capitalism in general and profit in particular. The left’s traditional mistrust of corporate money-making still casts a long shadow and even capitalists are uncertain how to respond when their profits are booming. read more

Signs of failure of the Royal Dutch Shell Empire?

Screen Shot 2013-02-07 at 19.02.31The problem is when the corruption stems from the boardroom as witnessed by the lead up to the Shell reserves crisis and the protracted cover-up of the Shell Touch F*** All scandal, all is lost.  You only have to look at recent history of how organisations fail due to internal corruption of essential controls by the men in suits in the Boardroom.  Enron, the banking system on both sides of the pond, the current crisis in the NHS are just a few examples. 


The myth of governance

Many pages exist explaining the need for the Shell organisation to have effective governance over its worldwide operations if it hopes to meet its stated objectives across the business.  The governance process is owned by the Board, executive and non executive.  By having essential management controls in place is the fundamental safeguard to meeting objectives including compliance with the applicable laws in the regions in which Shell operate.

The problem is when the corruption stems from the boardroom as witnessed by the lead up to the Shell reserves crisis and the protracted cover-up of the Shell Touch F*** All scandal, all is lost.  You only have to look at recent history of how organisations fail due to internal corruption of essential controls by the men in suits in the Boardroom.  Enron, the banking system on both sides of the pond, the current crisis in the NHS are just a few examples.   read more

Hakluyt, Enron, and Shell

By John Donovan

Information herein is sourced from Wikipedia articles relating to:

(1) Hakluyt – the British private intelligence agency, “…staffed almost entirely by ex-intelligence [services] staff”, according to a 2006 report in The Times[1]

(2) Shell, the oil giant notorious for a massive securities fraud when it swindled its shareholders. The company is closely associated with Hakluyt.

(3) Enron, a corrupt energy company based in Houston, Texas that went bankrupt as a result of committing institutionalized, systematic and well-planned accounting fraud. read more

Enron was populated by a host of former Shell USA managers


Saw your article on Enron and Shell.

FYI Enron was populated by a host of former Shell USA managers who were let go by Shell in the early 1990’s as part of Shell USA’s reorganization and downsizing program (Shell USA had finally managed to manage the company into a serious financial problem with a host of bad decisions).

So, it comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with the two organizations that RD Shell had it own financial scandal a few years later. The reserves scandal at Shell was a long time in coming but the ‘problem’ was known about internally for many, many years. Shell USA knew it had a credibility issue with its reserve bookings in the mid-1980’s. read more

Shell is very different from Enron

Shell is very different from Enron. We were criticized for that some time ago and I’m glad we have a absolutely rock-solid way we do business. And, if you read our annual report, you read our footnotes and all the details, everything is in there. It’s all completely transparent, as far as Shell is concerned.

Sir Phillip Watts, Group Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell Group

By John Donovan

During a Bloomberg interview in 2002, with the then Group Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell, Sir Phillip Watts, reference was made to the core Royal Dutch Shell business principle of complete transparency. read more

Asians fail to join class action claims

According to Goal, almost $12bn in settlements, to which shareholders were entitled, was not reclaimed through class actions from 2000 to 2007. The list includes settlements against Enron, Worldcom, Parmalat and Royal Dutch Shell.

Time is ripe for greater public control of the oil industry in Europe

But, as we have seen, the pursuit of personal reward by top executives, driven by a pursuit of profit above everything else, can lead to disaster – as it has in the banking sector and as it did for Enron and very nearly for Shell as well at the time of its “reserves crisis” a few years ago.

When Corporations Spy

The Sunday Times reported in 2001 that Hakluyt hired Manfred Schlickenrieder, a German foreign intelligence operative tasked by the firm to spy on Greenpeace at the behest of oil giants BP and Shell.

European frauds such as Vivendi, Royal Dutch Shell and Parmalat demonstrated that corporate scandals were not confined to the US.

Post-Enron, post-Shell, post-WorldCom, post-Parmalat, the collective knickers of the business world are in a twist about ethics, and rightly so.

Diluting SEC security rules a last-ditch push by appointees of President Bush

The regulatory changes are on the agenda of Christopher Cox, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. But critics say the changes appear to be a last-ditch push by appointees of President Bush to dilute securities rules passed after the collapse of Enron and other large companies — measures that were meant to forestall accounting gimmicks and corrupt practices that led to those corporate failures.

Senate Takes Step On Energy Oversight

Federal regulators would have greater oversight of energy markets as part of the massive farm bill passed by the Senate Thursday. Traders cited the move to close the so-called Enron Loophole -- one of several measures Congress is considering to damp speculative trading in oil -- as a factor behind turbulent trading in the oil markets Thursday.

Shell Won’t Face Criminal Charges In Reserves Probe

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Shell Won’t Face Criminal Charges In Reserves Probe

Thursday 30 June 2005



June 30, 2005; Page B2

Federal prosecutors said they won’t criminally charge Royal Dutch/Shell Group in a probe of its overstatement of energy reserves, citing the oil titan’s cooperation.

“Because Shell has cooperated fully with the government’s investigation, has implemented substantial remedial efforts to enhance its reserves reporting and compliance, and has paid a $120 million civil penalty to the [Securities and Exchange Commission], the public interest has been sufficiently vindicated,” David Kelley, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement yesterday. “Moreover, criminal prosecution would likely have a severe and unintended disproportionate economic impact upon thousands of innocent Shell employees.” read more

Shell’s suit: Shell chief upbeat about future

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Shell’s suit: Shell chief upbeat about future

Sunday 12 June 2005

Shell unveiled the ghastly concept of the “Trilemma Triangle” last week, a bit of pseudo-intellectual property developed by an internal team that does little else but generate socio-economic babble. In other words, the business is not yet quite back to basics.

That said, the ambition of Jeroen van der Veer – Shell’s chief executive, whom I saw last week – is more transparent. It is captured in four easy-to-understand words: “More Upstream, Profitable Downstream (MUPD)”. read more

Shell focus switches to security

THE TIMES: Shell focus switches to security

7 July 2005

By Peter Klinger

SECURITY threats are to supplant technological advances as the key consideration driving strategy in Royal Dutch Shell over the next 20 years.

Jeroen van der Veer, chief executive of the Anglo-Dutch group, said that national security and trust in the marketplace were the key issues that needed to be addressed as part of planning to 2025.

He said: “Western societies now look to the state more than in recent decades to lead the restoration of physical security and market integrity. This brings into sharper focus the power of the state to regulate and to coerce, in a role involving both the direct intervention to fight terrorism and police the market, and a more general emphasis on transparency, disclosure and good governance.” read more

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