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Financial Times: Memo writer in the Shell annals

By Emiliya (edited by) Mychasuk
Published: June 22 2007 03:00 | Last updated: June 22 2007 03:00

David Greer might be feeling slightly less motivational after resigning as the deputy chief executive of Sakhalin Energy Investment Company to “pursue other business opportunities”.

An e-mail from Mr Greer to his staff urging them to “lead me, follow me or get out of my way”, which leaned heavily on the words of General Patton, was leaked this month.

SEIC runs Royal Dutch Shell’s $22bn Sakhalin 2 gas and oil project off Russia’s far-eastern coast.

Shell said the e-mail – leaked to a website – gave no grounds for any inquiry.

It paid tribute to Mr Greer for his 27 years of service, including his time on secondment at SEIC, and wished him well.

A discussion of the memo on the FT’s website drew many comments supportive of Mr Greer, including one who said: “I’ve been in this business for more than 20 years and he is the best manager I’ve seen.”

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