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The Hague proves a stumbling block

Financial Times: The Hague proves a stumbling block

Friday 24 June 2005

By Clay Harris

Mary Jo Jacobi, Royal Dutch/Shell’s vice-president for external affairs since 2001, plans to leave in the autumn. She has taken on new UK commitments this year, including appointment as a civil service commissioner and marriage to Patrick Jephson, former private secretary to Diana, Princess of Wales.

Jacobi helped to design the new corporate affairs directorate in the unified group on which investors will vote next week. She has decided, however, not to stay, because that would mean moving to The Hague.

That factor is proving troublesome even in finding a chairman to take over from Aad Jacobs in 2006. But Scheveningen is so lovely this time of year.

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