Oil and gas firm Shell’s downstream director will assume the top post when chief executive Peter Voser steps down next year.
The Anglo-Dutch firm announced today the 55-year-old Dutch national Ben van Beurdan (pictured) will take over on 1 January 2014.
Peter Voser will leave Shell at the end of March 2014 after 29 years with the firm.
Van Beurden joined the Royal Dutch/Shell Group more than three decades ago, working his way through several technical and commercial roles in both upstream and downstream businesses in the Netherlands, Africa, Malaysia, USA and most recently the UK.
Chairman Jorma Ollila said: “Ben has deep knowledge of the industry and proven executive experience across a range of Shell businesses [and] will continue to drive and further develop the strategic agenda that we have set out, to generate competitive returns for our shareholders.”