Royal Dutch Shell Plc  .com Rotating Header Image David Greer, Deputy CEO of Sakhalin Energy resigns in disgrace

By John Donovan

21 June 2007

Postings were made on our Live Chat facility this morning claiming that Sakhalin Energy Project Director and Deputy Chairman, David Greer, has resigned. This follows the motivational memo sent by Greer subsequently found to contain passages borrowed liberally from a speech made by General George S. Patton on the eve of D-Day June 1944.

The plagiarism was exposed after the FT published an article about the memo and run an online poll asking: “Is this the worst motivational memo ever?”

The memo was leaked to us by a Sakhalin insider and we passed it to the FT.

The Moscow Times published a front page article under the heading: Sakhalin Pep Talk From “Old Blood and Guts”. Their article ridiculed Greer by saying : In substituting “pipeliners and engineers” for Patton’s “American he-men” heroes, Greer’s memo reads more like a cross with a pep talk by David Brent, the haplessly self-deluding boss from the BBC’s television comedy show “The Office.”

Jim Niven of Sakhalin Energy has confirmed to us by email that David Greer has  resigned “to pursue other business interests”.


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