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Scandal tainted Executive Director Malcolm Brinded ejected from Shell?

By John Donovan: Wednesday 22 February 2012

Seems we should change the poster to “NOT WANTED”

Royal Dutch Shell has today announced the surprise departure of Executive Director Malcolm Brinded.

The announcement does not say that he has retired from the company, but instead that he has “agreed to step down.” In other words, he was asked to leave.

Mr Brinded has attracted negative publicity for his association with past scandals, including the oil reserves fraud.

His role in the Brent Bravo “avoidable accident” resulted in the deaths of Shell employees, a record breaking fine being imposed on Shell, a police investigation and a long campaign for offshore worker safety by retired Shell International HSE Group Auditor, Bill Campbell.

The departure of Brinded, by coincidence or otherwise, comes days after the WWF branded Shell’s health and safety regime in the North Sea as shocking.

Mr Brinded also failed to take action when corrupt practices in relation to a tender for a major Shell contract, were brought directly to his attention. He knew that the Shell executive in charge of the tender process was dishonest, but gave him full backing.  Miraculously, the contract was awarded to a company that never took part in the tender. The lucky company was closely associated with the Shell executive in question.

In July 2011, His Majesty the corrupt Sultan of Brunei , awarded Brinded with the title of Dato Seri Laila Jasa “in recognition of his services to the state of Brunei.” No doubt the $500,000 (Brunei $) wedding gift (bribe) the Sultan received from Shell was part of the services supplied.


Golden Triangle Watchman on Feb 22nd, 2012 at 12:37 pm

What goes around comes around…. The announcement of Brinded has long been anticipated. We now wait for the next much smaller announcement…. Tom Purves to retire….. This will make our day when that moment happens.

Shell never deals with the issue of bad leadership until it is too late and the havoc has been wreaked…. However, as we say in the US, Every dog has its day….. and today that was Malcolm.

An observer of Shell on Feb 22nd, 2012 at 4:58 pm

It appears that Voser finally got fed up with Mr Overpromise/Underdelivery. Despite all the nice words about him, he is clearly kicked out. Plenty of sycophants around him are now fearing for their jobs and positioning themselves whom to kow-tow now.

This bearded fellow wasted his great brain on very small details and he was unable to delegate. I think his only real good project was the SLIM project. This was many moons ago and launched him to the top jobs. And there he failed as frequently and eloquently pointed out on the Donovan site.

Big brain, a micromanager on par with the pointy haired boss in Dilbert, a vicious and vindictive attitude to those that were of no use to him or that might talk back.

In summary: Good riddance and now the legal system of Scotland can go after him. But I doubt they will. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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