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Daily Telegraph: Shell creates post to focus on technology

By Christopher Hope (Filed: 24/03/2006)
Shell has hired its first-ever technology guru in a bid to ensure that the oil and gas giant stays at the cutting edge of developing new alternative energies. Jeroen van der Veer, Shell's chief executive, will announce this morning that he has appointed Jan van der Eijk to be group chief technology officer from May 1.
Mr Van der Veer is keen to ensure that Shell is set apart from its rivals by its focus on new technologies.
Mr Van der Veer said: “This appointment is a significant step forward for the group and represents our firm commitment to a culture that fosters innovation with visible support for technical leadership at the most senior levels of the company.”
The new chief technology officer will report directly to Linda Cook on Shell's board. Mr Van der Eijk will lead a team of eight “chief scientists” appointed earlier this year and will be charged with drawing up “a group technology strategy and an annual group research and technology plan”.
Mr Van der Veer added: “Technology can be a key differentiator for Shell. For this to be the case, we must have world class research and development and effective technology application, aligned with our strategy and embedded in a real culture of innovation.”

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