Ben van Beurden became Shell CEO on January 1, 2014. He joined Shell in 1983, after graduating with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Mr. van Beurden’s career in Shell spans both Upstream and Downstream activities. He has held a number of operational and commercial roles, including some 10 years in the LNG business, and a variety of positions in Downstream. In January 2005, he became Vice President, Manufacturing Excellence, based in Houston, USA. In this role 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, based in London, UK. From January to September 2013, Mr. van Beurden was Downstream Director and had regional responsibility for Europe and Turkey.