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Dear old Chris Finlayson

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 15.36.15“With hindsight you should revisit his CV printed out by the BG Group at the time of his appointment, a work of fiction that Hans Christian Andersen would have been proud of. You are right, your web site warned the World about his previous track record but such foresight is often ignored.”

Comment received from Bill Campbell, Retired HSE Group Auditor, Shell International

John

There was many years ago a principle put forward by LJ Peter in his 1969 book as to why things always go wrong in organisations.  Peter espoused that managers were oft promoted into positions that they were incompetent to handle. So it was with Chris Finlayson who was tracked up through the ranks holding on to the coat tails of his mentor TFA Brinded.  I used to call it the parasitical approach to development and promotion through attachment to a big powerful animal who was on an accelerated promotion curve the employee could avoid the normal HR assessment process safeguarded by his powerful mentor.  In return Brinded had a set of disciples who would be loyal and unquestioning and whom he could micromanage as he saw fit.  read more

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Shell’s planned asset sale in Nigeria may take up to a year: CFO

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29Extracts from a Reuters article by Simon Falush published 30 April 2014

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil major Shell may take up to a year to complete a planned sale of assets in Nigeria, and the process may be complicated by an election, the oil major’s chief financial officer said. Shell is looking to make $15 billion in disposals worldwide this year and next, including the sale of its stake in four oil blocks in the Niger Delta…

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International outcry as Brunei introduces sharia law and takes country back to the dark ages

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 00.27.28Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch multinational, runs two major operations in Brunei as a joint venture with the Brunei government. A spokesman, Jonathan French, said the company would not comment on the possible impact on its employees.

Extracts from an article by Andrew Buncombe published 30 April 2014 by The Independent

The Sultan of Brunei, an absolute monarch who pays for a garrison of British troops to be stationed is his oil rich nation, will on Thursday dismiss the concerns of human rights campaigners and start imposing sharia law. Many of the laws, which include the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death, will apply to both Muslims and non-Muslims.

Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch multinational, runs two major operations in Brunei as a joint venture with the Brunei government. A spokesman, Jonathan French, said the company would not comment on the possible impact on its employees. read more

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Sanctions fear forces Shell to end all new Russian investment

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29Extract from an article by Ben Hoyle and Lily Hyde published May 1 2014 by The Times

Europe’s biggest oil company froze all future investment in Russia over the Ukraine crisis yesterday as the IMF said that the Kremlin faced an imminent recession because of Western sanctions. Royal Dutch Shell, one of the biggest foreign investors in Russian energy, warned that it would not “be jumping into new investments anytime soon” because sanctions beefed up by America and Europe in the past week could curtail its own operations.  read more

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Big Oil dollars flow into Ukraine, despite conflict

Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 16.29.29Extracts from a CNBC article by  published 1 May 2014

Yuriy Boyko, an ethnic Ukrainian and former energy minister under ousted President Viktor Yanukovich, told CNBC that he has met with senior executives of Royal Dutch Shell about investments or potential investments in the country. Royal Dutch Shell is currently the biggest player in the Ukrainian market. The company declined to comment on specific dollar figures, but said that it has ongoing operations in the region.  Shell spokesman Curtis Smith told CNBC that it employs about 2,500 people in Ukraine, many as contract workers. The company is involved in two exploration projects, both in eastern Ukraine, including in the Donetsk and Kharkov regions, the most troubled in the country. To date, the company said operations have not been affected despite rising tension in those areas. “We continue to prepare for exploration activities on Yuzivska area,” Smith told CNBC. “We monitor trade controls and sanctions closely and will respond appropriately to ensure that we comply with all applicable international sanctions and related measures.”    read more

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