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British business people: The top 1,000: Energy and utilities 20 to 1

Daily Telegraph image Jeroen van der Veer

Daily Telegraph: British business people: The top 1,000: Energy and utilities 20 to 1

By Andrew Cave
Last Updated: 12:30am BST 22/04/2008


60, chief executive, Royal Dutch Shell

Took over the helm at Shell following the departure of Sir Philip Watts, after the company was embroiled in a scandal over the level of its reserves.

Born in the Netherlands, van der Veer now spends much of his time in the UK. He joined the group in 1971 and rose through the ranks, working around the globe.

In 1995 he moved to the US as president of the Shell Chemical Company and was appointed group managing director in 1997. Married to Mariette with three daughters, he says he enjoys visiting museums because it reflects his interest in “human progress”.

A non-executive director at Shell’s fellow Anglo-Dutch combine Unilever, he keeps fit by playing golf off a 16 handicap and has twice skated the 200km ‘Elfstedentocht’ – 11 cities marathon – in the Netherlands.


55, director of exploration and production, Royal Dutch Shell

Arguably the most senior British-born director at the oil group, Malcolm Brinded joined the board in October 2004, after previously being a managing director of Shell Transport since March 2004 and prior to that a managing director of Royal Dutch since 2002.

He joined the Group in 1974 and has held various positions around the world including posts in Brunei, The Netherlands and Oman.

He was also country chair for Shell in the UK and director of planning, environment and external affairs at Shell International.

He is a member of the Nigerian Presidential Honorary International Investor Council, the Russian Foreign Investment Advisory Council and the Council of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a trustee of The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum. and its also non-profit sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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