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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

(Sketch courtesy of The Wall Street Journal)

An Open Letter to Mr Jorma Ollila

Like many stakeholders – shareholders, employees etc in the multinational oil giant you are joining next year, you probably have your Google News Alerts set for “Royal Dutch Shell” as you gather intelligence about the coming challenges.

If so, the page below would have greeted you this morning, Monday 29 August 2005. Half of the stories listed were originated by They are indicative of the chaotic dreadful state Shell is in.

On the one hand, it has gone on record in a legal document submitted to the World Intellectual Property Organisation supporting my right to air my opinions about Shell on this website. At the same time, eight Royal Dutch Shell companies have a High Court Injunction in place over postings published by me on the same site. Does Shell support free speech on the Internet or not? At the moment it is facing in two different directions at once.

Shell has consistently claimed that its last peace treaty with my son and I is still valid despite a blatant breach by Shell in 2001. In the same submission to the WIPO on 18th May 2005, Shell committed what would have been a further serious breach if it had not already repudiated the treaty in 2001.

If you read the various astonishing, but true, articles accessible via the Google links below, you may wonder if it is a wise carer move to join a management team which includes incompetent discredited individuals such as Jeroen van der Veer, Malcolm Brinded and Maarten van den Bergh.


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