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Royal Dutch Shell Plc .com: Big Shot: Maarten van den Bergh

From The Times
By Joe Bolger
July 13, 2006
Maarten van den Bergh shows no signs of slowing down as he approaches retirement age. Barely two months after stepping down as chairman of Lloyds TSB, the 64-year-old serial director, named last year as the most powerful boardroom figure by The Times, has just taken on another senior role.

BT yesterday promoted the Shell veteran from non-executive director to deputy chairman, raising speculation that he is a contender to succeed Sir Christopher Bland when he steps down as chairman. 
Mr Van den Bergh, the grandson of a margarine magnate, is a Dutch national but was born in New York and has spent much of his career abroad. He joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1968, after graduating from the University of Groningen, and spent 32 years with the oil group, including stints in Japan and Venezuela.

He later held a string of posts in Asia, working in Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, before moving to Africa. In 1992 he was appointed group managing director. He went on to become vice-chairman of the committee of managing directors and, between 1998 and 2000, was president.

Since stepping down from his executive role he has built up a string of non-executive directorships that have propelled him to a position of great influence in the UK.

He currently sits on the boards of Royal Dutch Shell and British Airways and is a member of the supervisory board of Akzo Nobel, the Dutch drugs group.

The father of two daughters speaks German, Japanese and Spanish. His interests include European history and Asian antiques.

Comment by the Times article neglects to mention that this Shell big shot is a named defendant in a multi-billion dollar global class action lawsuit in respect of the Shell reserves fraud. He is another sleazy discredited Shell director (along with Jeroen van der Veer and Malcolm Brinded) guilty of turning a blind eye to corrupt practices and other serious misdeeds at Shell. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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