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Dow Jones Newswires: Shell CEO Reassures Staff After Outsourcing Leak – Report

5 January 2008
11:37 GMT
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LONDON (Dow Jones)– Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) Chief Executive Jeroen van der Veer is seeking to reassure staff after leaks over the company’s plans to transfer 3,000 IT employees, according to a document obtained by, a Web site critical of the oil giant.

The text, published over the company’s intranet earlier this week, quotes the CEO as saying “a significant number of staff, currently employed by IT Infrastructure will be transferred to the new suppliers,” and that contracts should be signed at the end of March.

Van der Veer’s statement clarifies that, unlike what some media have reported, no forced redundancies are expected to take place.

“Users of IT infrastructure services should not experience much difference in the follow-up after the signing of contracts with external suppliers,” the CEO adds.

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