Elected until: 2025. First elected: 2021. Nationality: Dutch.
Ben van Beurden was born in the Netherlands in 1958. He joined Shell in 1983, after graduating with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.
In January 2005, Ben van Beurden became Vice President Manufacturing Excellence (Houston, United States of America). He was responsible for standards in operational excellence and high-performance initiatives in refining and chemicals manufacturing. In December 2006, he was appointed Executive Vice President Chemicals (London, United Kingdom). During his tenure in this role, Ben van Beurden was appointed to the boards of a number of leading industry associations including the International Council of Chemicals Associations and the European Chemical Industry Council.
Ben van Beurden became a member of the Executive Committee in January 2013 as Downstream Director, with regional responsibility for Europe and Turkey. He became Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell plc with effect from January 1, 2014.
In 2015, he became a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management Tsinghua University in Beijing. In 2017, Ben van Beurden became a member of the International Advisory Council of the Singapore Economic Development Board.
Ben van Beurden is not a member of any other legally mandatory supervisory boards and comparable supervisory bodies.