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Shell Insider: Botts will pop a vein once he sees this

Most people in Shell EP will know what this really means: Platenkamp talked back too much to Botts (head EPE) and is therefore eased out with someone who does not know anything about EP and is therefore more pliable. I call this ‘surrounding oneself with sycophants’. How does this jive with the wish of v.d.Veer to improve know-how and longer postings in EP?
A plain powergame and further ethnic cleansing of Dutchmen in EP. Something that even Lo van Wachem fought but without success. NAM is one of the biggest dividend payers of the Shell Group so normally one would put a professional in place. Remember that Platenkamp was the man who pointed out in 2000 to the top of Shell that there was another cycle of overpromise and underperformance in the making. They all refused to listen and take action. Now he is sidelined….
Internal Shell message: (The official Spin/BS)
Roelof Platenkamp, currently VP Commercial in EPE and MD NAM, will be appointed to a new role as VP Hydrocarbon Maturation (Chief Petroleum Engineer) in the EP Technical organisation, reporting to Matthias Bichsel, EVP Technical, with effect from 1st March 2006. Roelof will play a leading global role in coordinating our hydrocarbon maturation plans and he will provide functional leadership for the global Petroleum Engineering community. Roelof joined Shell in 1981 and has held various technical and managerial roles in several countries.
Roelf Venhuizen, GM Moerdijk – Manufacturing Chemicals, will be appointed to EPE VP Commercial and MD NAM with effect from 1st March. Roelf joined Shell in 1975 and has held various technical, commercial and managerial roles in the Netherlands and internationally in Shell’s Downstream Chemicals and Manufacturing organizations. From August 2000, until May 2005 when Roelf began his current role, Roelf was GM Shell Nederland Chemie BV (SNC) managing the Moerdijk and Pernis Chemical Manufacturing sites where he also sponsored the Shell Sigma beachhead project for Shell Chemicals.
Please join us in wishing Roelof and Roelf every success in their new roles. Roelf’s successor is subject to normal Open Resourcing, staff consultation and SNC corporate processes and will be announced separately.

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