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Curious about the wording of Shell’s announcement of Bichsel’s departure..?


I’m curious about the wording of Shell’s announcement of Bichsel’s departure….

The announcement focusses almost entirely on Brekelmans, and simply says that Matthias Bichsel (right) is leaving after 34 years – hardly a glowing valedictory for the person who has been number two in Shell (worldwide) for the past few years.

Surely some words of thanks for Bichsel’s years of sterling service and achievements at Shell should have been in order? Or perhaps not, as the case may be.


Harry Brekelmans joins Royal Dutch Shell Plc Executive Committee: 31 July 2014

Is Shell Executive Director Matthias Bichsel Trustworthy?: 27 February 2013

Harry Brekelmans To Become Shell Exec VP For Strategy, Planning: 10 September 2009 and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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