REGULARLY UPDATED: Links to 477 articles (and radio and TV broadcasts) by a host of publishers including the FT, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Dow Jones Newswires, Bloomberg, New York Times, CNBC, etc. plus UK House of Commons Select Committee Hansard records, information on U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission website, all containing references to this website, its founders Alfred and John Donovan or their former company, Don Marketing. Includes newspaper and magazine articles, newsletters, video clip links and interview transcripts. All in date order. In addition, there are references to our websites and/or our activities, published in 60 books. In all, over 500 externally published references to date. Plus nearly 40,000 Shell related articles published on our own Shell focussed websites.
(Alfred Donovan headshot image courtesy of The Wall Street Journal)
Later this summer, oil giant Royal Dutch/Shell Group is expected to merge its two parent companies, creating a new corporate entity: Royal Dutch Shell PLC. But go to www.royaldutchshellplc.com and you will find a crude Web site in garish colors where Alfred Donovan, an 88-year-old British army veteran, posts dozens of media reports and commentary, most of it negative, about Shell…
The two Donovans are well-known to Shell. They have waged a long-running anti-Shell campaign dating to the 1990s revolving around disputes over the rights to Shell gasoline-station promotions. Over the years, the two sides have settled four lawsuits. But Mr. Donovan has continued his crusade.
Shell Fights Over Domain Name Ahead of Parent Firm’s Merger: The Wall Street Journal Europe June 3 – 5, 2005
BLOOMBERG ARTICLE: “Shell in Legal Battle Over Name of Web Site, Journal Reports“: 2 June 2005
EXTRACT: Donovan and his son John have waged a longstanding anti-Shell campaign that started in the 1990s in a dispute over rights to Shell gasoline-station promotions, the Journal said. Shell attorneys argue Alfred Donovan originally acquired the name to “disparage” the company, the newspaper said.
The Mirror (Holland): Hoogbejaarde Brit zit Shell dwars Gepost door Gertjan (Kozzmic) – Bron: Algemeen Dagblad Gepubliceerd: zondag 5 juni 2005 @ 01:02 http://shell2004.com/week23/shellnewsdutch6june05.htm
Extract: De 88-jarige Engelsman Alfred Donovan is de strijd aangegaan met de Nederlands-Britse oliemaatschappij Shell. De militaire veteraan heeft de domeinnaam www.royaldutchshellplc.com ingepikt. Royal Dutch Shell PLC is de naam waaronder het bedrijf in de loop van dit jaar verder gaat.
Hostile Domain: The Times City Diary Tuesday, June 21, 2005
REUTERS SYNDICATED ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES: Shell shareholders to back unification: 25 June 2005
EXTRACT: Shell Shareholders to Back Unification: “Another dampener on Shell’s biggest corporate overhaul since the two holding firms tied up in 1907, is a spat over the rights to the web domain “royaldutchshellplc.com.” Disgruntled shareholder Alfred Donovan beat Shell to register the domain name. Shell has sued Donovan for the rights to the domain but while the matter plays out, Donovan uses the site to lambaste Shell management. Posted Saturday 25 June 2005: http://shell2004.com/week25/newyorktimes25june2005.htm
Variations of the above New York Times/Reuters article mentioning the domain name battle were also published by The Washington Post, MSN Money, Yahoo, The Gulf Times of Qatar and The Boston Globe all in June 2005.
John Donovan interview on Dublin Newstalk Radio 106fm – “The Breakfast Show with Eamon Dunphy”: Broadcast Thursday Morning 8.17am, 4 August 2005
THE TIMES: AN ATTEMPT by Royal Dutch Shell to claim the website royaldutchshellplc.com has failed.Tuesday 16 August 2005
CommTech Newsletter (e-update): Friday 9 Sept 2005
EXTRACT: A World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) panel has found against Shell in a dispute over ownership of the domain names royaldutchshellgroup.com, royaldutchshellplc.com and tellshell.org.Alfred Donovan, an 88 year old war veteran and Shell shareholder, uses the domain names to direct to his website which offers a forum for criticism of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of companies.
Indicates that the websites for Royal Dutch Shell are shell.com and royaldutchshellplc.com
WikiLeaks record from THE GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE FILES Stratfor.com email-id 340835 dated 6 June 2007 relating to Royal Dutch Shell Sakhalin-2 project. ESzter – just a short insight into Shell’s work. A Patton-style memo to keep them working. WikiLeaks6June2007pdf
EXTRACTS: John Donovan, who runs a Web site critical of Shell and acts as a conduit for whistleblowers at the company, said Shell insiders had told him that John Stubbs, a senior project manager on Kashagan, had left the Anglo-Dutch oil major.
A Shell employee told Donovan by email that Stubbs was one of an “elite band of great project management heroes” who had recently left Shell, leaving the company with a lack of talent to deliver on the big projects it is relying on for growth.
Martin Waller: City Diary
Since the 1990s, Royal Dutch Shell has been at war with a family who registered a website, royaldutchshellplc.com. The Donovan family, led by 90-year-old Burma veteran Alfred, perhaps quixotically want Shell to change its management. Shell has failed to shut down the site, which has attracted job applications and, allegedly, even a terrorist threat, all of which are dutifully passed on to the company. Space does not allow exposition of all the correspondence between the two sides, but there are signs that Shell is developing a sense of humour. A recent letter from general counsel there suggests that “a truly alternative solution for all those people inadvertently contacting you is for you to choose a website and e-mail address without the word ‘shell’ in it”.
BBC Essex presenter Etholle George interviews John Donovan: 11 October 2007 (Transcript)
WikiLeaks record from THE GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE FILES Stratfor.com email-id 5047809. Subject Niger Delta militant violence update. Open the displayed “Attached Files” 101710: Niger Delta Attacks: Gunmen kidnapped five year old Mares Divine Ifeanyi Emeruwa, son of Speaker of Shell Petroleum Development Company Project Engineer.
The fate of Sakhalin 2 was changed by two British men
There is a case where gripe site affected Japanese companies business. Sakhalin 2, which is an oil and gas development project in the Sakhalin Island by Royal Dutch Shell, Japan’s Mitsui and Mitsubishi, had to surrender majority interest to Gazprom due to pressure from the Russian government regarding the violation of environmental regulations (formal transfer of shares took place April this year).
However, it is not well known in Japan that actions of a 90-year-old man and his son who live in a countryside in UK contributed to the above movement.
Recently, I visited them. They live in the town of Colchester.
EXTRACT: The talks were first reported on the Web site royaldutchshellplc.com, which is critical of the company. That report said thousands of jobs – among staff or contractors – could be cut as result.
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One such empowered activist is arch Shell critic Alfred Donovan. No one was more surprised than Royal Dutch Shell PLC to learn that this 88-year-old British army veteran had purchased the Internet domain name www.royaldutchshellplc.com . The gadfly Donovan was a well-known, though underestimated, critic of the company. By acquiring the domain name, Donovan obtained the perfect platform to voice his criticisms of the oil giant. Who would have thought a decade ago that such an unlikely individual could stand up to a corporate powerhouse, waging a war of words against one of the world’s largest companies?
Extract: Shell intends to transfer “close to 3,000 positions” from its IT staff to outsourcing companies, according to a Shell newsletter obtained by Royaldutchshellplc.com, a Web site critical of the company. The document says IT staff will receive a letter in early January telling them whether they will remain.
Extract: There’s also a plan to transfer 3,000 information technology jobs to outsourcing companies, the newspaper said, citing a Shell newsletter obtained by Royaldutchshellplc.com, a Web site critical of the company.
EXTRACT: News of the plan emerged after an email written by Goh Swee Chen, vice-president of IT infrastructure, was posted to an anti-Shell website. It has been confirmed by the firm as authentic.
EXTRACT: LONDON (Dow Jones)– Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSA) Chief Executive Jeroen van der Veer is seeking to reassure staff after leaks over the company’s plans to transfer 3,000 IT employees, according to a document obtained by Royaldutchshellplc.com, a Web site critical of the oil giant.
EXTRACT: In a document obtained by Royaldutchshellplc.com, a Web site critical of the company, Jeroen van der Veer also predicted that under the company’s preferred scenario, 90% of the carbon dioxide emitted by coal- and gas-fired power plants in developed countries would be captured by 2050.
WikiLeaks record from THE GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE FILES Stratfor.com email-id 1161378 dated 1 December 2008 relating to Gazprom loans and the Royal Dutch Shell Sakhalin-2 project. pdf version
WWF Evidence submitted in 2008 to House of Commons Select Committee quoting from a John Donovan Sakhalin II article published on royaldutchshellplc.com
(2): Memorandum submitted by WWF to inquiry by House of Commons Select Committee: Quotes Sakhalin II corruption allegations from royaldutchshellplc.com article: 20 June 2008
(3): House of Commons Environmental Audit – Minutes of Evidence ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 14 October 2008 (RELATED LINK IS IMMEDIATELY BELOW)
(4) www.parliament.uk: Evidence submitted by WWF to Select Committee on Environmental Audit: Evidence submitted 20 June 2008: (SAKHALIN II BACKGROUND INFORMATION: — Allegations have been made by a whistleblower of inappropriate relationships between SEIC management and its contractors, in particular Starstroi and its subcontractor SU4.)
The Reform of Class and Representative Actions in European Legal Systems: Book by Christopher Hodges, MA (Oxon), PhD (Lond), FSALS: June 2008: Front Cover, Pages 75 & 76, plus Back Cover.
Law of the Internet by George B. Delta and Jeffrey H. Matsuura (Oct 2008)
Excerpt from 2011-1 SUPPLEMENT 8-28
“The Sixth Circuit took the position that these negative domain names used in conjunction with Web sites that raised criticism of commercial conduct were forms of expression protected by the First Amendment.93 In some instances, critics of an organization register domain names using marks associated with the target company in order to prevent the company from using those domains or to use the domains to present Web content critical of the target organization. This type of dispute exists between Royal Dutch/Shell Group and Alfred Donovan, involving the domain name www.royaldutchshellplc.com.94″
93. Taunman Co. v. Webfeats. 310 F.3d 770 (6th Cir. 2003).
94. Chip Cummins, Shell Wages Legal Fight over Web Domain Name, Wall St. J., June 2, 2005, at B7.
(Reference to the website: “Copies of the emails are available at www.royaldutchshellplc.com”)
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(Reference to website: “Earlier, some employees posted comments on Shell protest website royaldutchshellplc.com saying up to half the jobs at the Dubai operation could go.”)
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(Reference to website: “A copy of the email is available on Shell protest site royaldutchshellplc.com to which Shell employees often post comments.”)
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(Reference to website: “Shell-watching blog royaldutchplc.com says it has assembled from ‘multiple sources inside Shell’ that not only will E&P and G&P merge, but that 30 per cent of senior managers/executives will also go. The company is apparently meeting in Berlin over the next two days and this will all be delivered by Peter Voser, the incoming chief executive, on Thursday.”)
(Reference to website: “Royaldutchshellplc.com, an independent website used by Shell staff, on Tuesday said more than 30 per cent of senior management were expected to go.”)
English Translation from French
LONDON (AFP) – Shell announced Tuesday that Linda Cook, patroness of the division gas and energy giant Anglo-Dutch oil and candidate in the general direction, leave office on 1 June, a start could be the prelude a major reorganization.
This will precede the start of the new CEO of Shell, the current finance director Peter Voser, scheduled for July 1st. The latter was preferred to Linda Cook and other candidates, including Malcolm Brindred, leader of the division “exploration and production”, to succeed Jeroen van der Veer.
According to analysts, the announced departure of Linda Cook reflects Mr. Voser to make its mark without delay and to renew the framework of the group, even for a reorganization of its activities.
Peter Hutton, the firm NCB, said that the resignation was “not unusual” on the part of a candidate aligned, adding that Linda Cook was deemed not to get along with Mr. Voser.
However, he said the other main internal candidate for the post of general manager, Malcolm Brindred far to experience a similar fate, could not see its position strengthened by the departure of Ms. Cook, and recover all or part of its functions.
“Peter Voser might seek to merge the gas and energy division in the upstream division + + (the industry” exploration and production “, ie), as is the case with the rival groups BP and Total, in order to generate economies of operation, “he anticipated.
Meanwhile, the website royaldutchshellplc.com, led by Alfred and John Donovan, former employees opposed to the direction of the oil group, has confirmed these speculations, saying that Mr Voser would announce an overhaul of the organizational group Thursday, after a two-day meeting of the principals of the company to be held in Berlin.
According to the site, said that based on internal sources of Shell, Mr Voser actually announce that day the integration of gas and energy division in the upstream division, and the disappearance of certain centers and regional decision removing a third of the senior group.
Reference to royaldutchshellplc.com:
Voser is expected to use the summit to announce the culling of almost a third of Shell’s senior managers, according to a report on company gossip site Royaldutchshellplc.com yesterday.
The unauthorised site, which has regularly obtained leaks from Shell insiders, said Voser will also announce the merger of Shell’s Gas & Power and Exploration & Production divisions at the meeting, which may help explain Cook’s departure.
(Reference to website: “Royaldutchshellplc.com, an independent website used by Shell staff, said yesterday that more than 30 per cent of senior managers were expected to go.”)
By JAMES HERRON
Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
LONDON — Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) said Wednesday it will launch a major company restructuring, merging its exploration and production, gas and power and oil sands units into two new divisions as new Chief Executive Peter Voser puts his stamp on the company.
Shell’s current global head of exploration and production, Malcolm Brinded, will head up the larger of the new divisions, called Upstream International. Marvin Odum, currently Shell’s Executive Vice President for Exploration and Production Americas, will become director of Upstream Americas.
The reorganization will affect around 24,000 Shell staff. A Shell spokesman declined to comment on how many jobs may be cut. Shell critic John Donovan reported on his blog Tuesday that more than 30% of senior executives at the two divisions could be culled.
At 0820 GMT Shell B shares were down 0.5%, or 8 pence, at 1655p in a fairly flat London market.
Company Web site: www.royaldutchshellplc.com
—By James Herron, Dow Jones Newswires; +44 (0)20 7842 9317;
Senior managers at Shell today started a two-day conference where they will be told of large potential staff cuts.
The summit in Berlin comes a day after the oil giant’s head of gas, Linda Cook, left Shell after being passed over for the chief executive’s role.
That job is being taken up by Peter Voser, the company’s finance director, on 1 July. Shell insiders’ website Royaldutchshellplc.com reported that Voser will tell his top 100 managers that Cook’s old division will be merged with exploration and production in a move aimed at dramatic staff cuts. It is believed this was Voser’s platform on which he made his pitch to the board for the chief executive’s job.
Although oil prices have increased hugely in the past few months, at $61.59 a barrel today, it is still way down on the $147 at which it peaked last year, meaning Shell has to cut costs in order to retain its profitability.
Meanwhile, staff flocked to Royaldutchshell.com to attack the group’s management.
One entry read: “Amongst those to be culled are (I suspect) many who are not only competent but who also realised that Shell historically was a bit different from the rest of the American oil major groups. No more. Sadly Shell is now the worst of the oil majors by far in almost every respect. And for those of us who in our small ways helped build a company that we were proud of its not just regrettable but a scandal.”
Shell will also set up a new division to handle project delivery and technology. It will be led by Matthias Bichsel, who is also Swiss. Some Shell employees complained on their website Royaldutchshellplc.com that a “Swiss Mafia” is running the group.
ROMANDIE NEWS: Le nouveau patron de Shell Peter Voser imprime sa marque sans traîner: 27 May 2009
Mardi, le site royaldutchshellplc.com, animé par d’anciens employés opposés à la direction du groupe pétrolier, avait affirmé en s’appuyant sur des sources internes que le nouveau patron de Shell allait sabrer le tiers des postes de cadres supérieurs.
“Forcément, il y aura des emplois en moins”, mais Shell ne s’est pas fixé d’objectif en la matière, a assuré de son côté un porte-parole du groupe à l’AFP, qualifiant les affirmations de royaldutchshellplc.com de “pures spéculations”.
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Tuesday, royaldutchshellplc.com site, hosted by former employees against the group management oil, had argued on the basis of internal sources as the new boss of Shell would cut one-third of senior management positions.
“Inevitably, there will be fewer jobs, but Shell did not set a goal in the subject, assured of its later a spokesman for the group to AFP, called the assertions of royaldutchshellplc.com “pure speculation”.
Volgens de blog royaldutchshellplc.com gaat het vooral om ondersteunend, administratief en IT- personeel. Verder zijn er geruchten dat 30% van het managament zijn baan verliest, wat Shell ontkent. Wel staat in een uitgelekte e-mail die Peter Voser vanochtend aan het personeel stuurde dat “minder mensen meer strategische beslissingen gaan nemen”.
Our behaviours need to change if we want to enable leadership performance in a strong performance culture.
That will mean that fewer people will make strategic decisions. More people will implement them, and improving performance will be our guide and goal. We will become a simpler place to work.
le nouvel Observateur: 27 May 2009
le nouvel Observateur English Version: Shell reorganizes: 27 May 2009
Tuesday, royaldutchshellplc.com site, hosted by former employees against the direction of the oil company, had argued on the basis of internal sources as the new boss of Shell had decided to remove a third of senior management positions.
China Money 163.com: 27 May 2009
DutchDN: Snur Shell på hodet: 27 May 2009
EXTRACT: Ifølge royaldutchshellplc.com, som er et uavhengig nettsted for Shell-ansatte, vil mer enn 30 prosent av høyere ledere måtte gå.
DutchFEM: “Grondige reorganisatie Shell”: 27 May 2009
Om kosten te besparen zou de nieuwe ceo van Shell 30 procent van de senior managers een gouden handdruk willen geven, zo schrijft Shell-criticus John Donovan op zijn website. Die informatie zegt hij van binnen het bedrijf te hebben.
fd.nl: ‘Nieuwe Shell-CEO gaat grootscheeps reorganiseren’: 27 May 2009
26 mei 2009, 17:30 uur | FD.nl/DJ
AMSTERDAM (FD.nl/DJ)–De nieuwe CEO van Royal Dutch Shell, Peter Voser, kondigt donderdag een grootscheepse reorganisatie van het bedrijf aan, waarbij meer dan 30% van de topmanagers en bestuurders sneuvelt. Dat schrijft Shell- criticus John Donovan dinsdag op zijn weblog, op basis van anonieme bronnen bij het bedrijf.
Behalve het vertrek van 30% van het hogere management zou het plan een fusie omvatten van de divisies Exploration & Production met Shell Gas & Power.
De bekendmaking zal volgens Donovan worden gedaan tijdens een vergadering van honderd topmanagers van het bedrijf in Berlijn.
Een woordvoerder van Shell wilde niet reageren op het bericht.
Archie van Riemsdijk; FD.nl/DJ; +31-20-5928456; [email protected]
Copyright (c) 2009 Het Financieele Dagblad
koers alarm.nl: 27 May 2009
Gisteren viel op de weblog van John Donovan al te lezen dat Shell een grootscheepse reorganisatie zal doorvoeren. Donovan meende dat de opvolger van Jeroen van der Veer, Peter Voser, a.s. donderdag tijdens een bijeenkomst van honderd topmanagers de actie zal aankondigden waarbij het management van de oliereus niet zal worden gespaard. Naar verluidt zal 1 op de 3 topmanagers het veld moeten ruimen.
z24nl: 27 May 2009
De reorganisatie moet leiden tot een hogere efficiëntie en zou nodig zijn vanwege de sterk gedaalde olieprijs. Shell kon nog geen commentaar leveren op de berichtgeving. De website Royaldutchshellplc.com meldt dat 30 procent van de senior managers zou moeten vertrekken.
Shell to cut 350-450 senior managers in overhaul – web site
Sat May 30, 2009 9:49am EDT
LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) plans to cut 350-450 senior management roles as it restructures to cut costs and improve operational performance, according to a website to which Shell employees post internal information.
The cuts represent almost 30 percent of Shell’s “Senior Executive Group” layer of management, John Donovan, the operator of the Royaldutchshellplc.com website said. Earlier this week Shell announced a major restructuring but gave no targets for job or cost cuts. [ID:nLR946279]
The Royaldutchshellplc.com website was the first to reveal news of the planned restructuring.
Shell declined to comment.
(Reporting by Tom Bergin, editing by Mike Peacock)
© Thomson Reuters 2009 All rights reserved
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JUNE 22, 2009, 11:26 A.M. ET
LONDON (Dow Jones)–An internal e-mail from Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) leaked to a blog critical of the company has revealed the appointments of 62 senior executives to new roles within the restructured company.
The e-mail dated June 16, sent by incoming Chief Executive Peter Voser, was published Saturday on the blog royaldutchshellplc.com. A Shell spokesman said the company does not comment on purported leaks.
Effective July 1, Ceri Powell, former Executive Vice President, or EVP, for Strategy becomes EVP for Exploration for the company’s international operations, the e-mail said. Dave Lawrence, former EVP for global exploration moves to head up exploration in the new Shell Americas division.
Ian Craig, the former head of the Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas project in Russia becomes EVP for Sub-Saharan Africa and will oversee the company’s troubled Nigerian operations, the e-mail said. Former Africa chief, Ann Pickard, becomes EVP Australia.
Charles Watson, former EVP of Shell Energy Europe, will head the company’s Russian and Caspian upstream operations.
All the above executives will report to the global head of Exploration and Production, Malcolm Brinded.
Blog Web site: http://tinyurl.com/lsjxwm
-By James Herron, Dow Jones Newswires; +44 (0)20 7842 9317; [email protected]
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Later publication of same article: WALL STREET JOURNAL/DOW JONES NEWSWIRES: Leaked Shell E-mail Reveals 62 Senior Executive Appointments: (Alternative copy) Monday, June 22, 2009 as of 4:26 PM
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
AUGUST 3, 2009, 6.13 A.M.
By Benoit Faucon
of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES
LONDON (Dow Jones)–A Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) list of over 300 vice presidents, some of whom have been recently appointed, available on a critic’s blog shows that the restructuring started by new Chief Executive Peter Voser is deepening.
The list, obtained by Website Royaldutchshellplc.com, was drawn after Voser launched a top management shake-up in the Anglo-Dutch oil major as it tries to adapt to the new reality of lower oil prices. The company, when contacted by Dow Jones Newswires, said it doesn’t comment on internal documents.
The restructuring has already been seen as a factor behind the high profile departure of head of gas and power Linda Cook. But the list shows the changes are now moving from top executives to lower levels of management.
As an example, African gas manager De la Rey Venter is now listed as VP for Shell’s critical global liquefied-natural-gas new business.
Bart van de Leemput is adding the management of Shell’s Dutch onshore joint-venture Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij to his responsibility as vice-president for non-operated European upstream ventures.
Many managers, however, remain at their current position. That’s the case for Mutiu Sunmonu, VP production for Africa which embattled business has recently made headway with some output resumption.
By Benoit Faucon, Dow Jones Newswires; +44-20-7842-9266; [email protected]
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Pdf of article published in newspaper (contains an subtitle below the graphics/photo display: “They just go on digging: the Donovans’ campaign has caused Shell expense and embarrassment at its operations in Russia, which include the Sakhalin gas project and drilling in the Sea of Okhotsk”)
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(Reference in article: John Donovan, the blogger managing Royaldutchshellplc.com, a Web site critical of the company, said he was told by his sourcesproduction division will be cut by 15%.”)
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LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSa.L) is planning job cuts of around 15 percent in its core exploration and production unit, a Shell protest website reported on Friday, citing sources inside the oil major.
An announcement on a restructuring of the unit, which generates most of Shell’s profit, is due on Monday, website Royaldutchshellplc.com said. Shell declined comment.
In May, Europe’s largest oil company by market value said it planned to restructure its exploration division and divide it into two units, one focused on the Americas and another focused on the rest of the world.
Since, then new Chief Executive Peter Voser has announced hundreds of job cuts across the company as it struggles with plunging revenues after oil prices collapsed from a record above $147/barrel in July 2008.
On Thursday, ratings agency Standard and Poors lowered its long-term rating on Shell to “AA” from “AA+”, citing concerns about its cash flows.
The website did not say how many jobs would likely be affected by the plan. (Editing by David Cowell)
Geld.de (Germany) (rp online)
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Financial Times: Shell set to unveil job cuts (Website) 5 Sept 2009
Finanmagru (Russia): 7 September 2009
Extract: A report on company protest site royaldutchshellplc.com said about 15% of jobs in the exploration and production unit will be lost and employees will be told early this week.
interactive investor (AFX News)
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Reference to website:
Update: Shell has changed its mind about the poppies and published a rather abject apology about the whole affair. Royaldutchshellplc.com – probably company’s most eagle-eyed watchers – have published the whole thing and even gave them a pat on the back for it. PDF Version
Calgary Herald: 3 December 2009 pdf newspaper article
Edmonton Journal: 3 December 2009 pdf newspaper article
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The Times City Diary: December 3, 2009; By Martin Waller: Websites and blogs devoted to attacking specific companies have been around for some time — remember NTHell? — but now, it seems, the targets are fighting back. John Donovan, who runs a critical website of a well-known oil company, says the site is being targeted by an anti-cyber fraud agency. He claims the aim is to try to uncover who has leaking to his site. The feud dates back to the 1990s, when Shell was a client of Mr Donovan’s sale promotion business. pdf version.
Chapter 11 is devoted to the website ROYALDUTCHSHELLPLC.COM
Extract: royaldutchsheUplc.com is a Royal Dutch Shell gripe site and blog operated by Alfred and John Donovan, who engaged in several marketing campaigns with Shell during the 1980s and early 1990s. The father and son duo believe Shell violated intellectual property agreements and filed several law suits against Shell prior to starting several websites critical of Shell, including royaldutchshellplc.com. The site has been oft quoted in news sources and is known for its activities as an Internet leak and forum for Shell whistleblowers.
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DataBreaches.net: Shell employee contact data breach affects over 100,000: 7 February 2010
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Financial Times: Shell staff details leaked to campaign groups: 11 February 2010
Times Online: Confidential Shell database published on web: 12 February 2010
ComputerWeekly.com: Did activists infiltrate Shell to obtain contacts database?: 12 February 2010
ComputerWeekly.com: Shell staff details revealed in security breach
Evening Express: Alert after Shell workers data leaked on web: 12 February 2010
Financial Times: Shell employees’ details leaked to environmental campaigners: 12 February 2010
Financial Times Blog: Shells directory leak shouldnt be taken lightly: 12 February 2010
Dark Reading: Shell Employee Directory Leaked, Allegedly By Activist Workers
Financial Times: Shell staff contact list leaked to environmental campaign groups
Irish Herald.ie: Shell staff details exposed online in security leak risk
The Times: SHELL INVESTIGATES INTERNET POSTING OF PERSONAL DETAILS:13 February 2010
Reuters: SHELL INVESTIGATES INTERNET POSTING OF PERSONAL DETAILS: 13 February 2010
The Register: Shell hit by massive data breach: 15 Feb 2010
ITPRO: Shell hit by massive data breach: 15 Feb 2010
ITWIRE: Shells internal directory leaked to activists: 16 Feb 2010
ITPRO: Shell data hackers hoped to kick-off ‘revolution’: 16 Feb 2010
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WikiLeaks THE GLOBAL INTELLIGENCE FILES 19 Feb 2010 Email-ID 5033529. Stratfor.com Nigeria database – Open “Attached Files” 167401.
Extract: Four years later, in November 2007, the RoyalDutchShellplc.com website run by Alfred and John Donovan – long-time critics of the multinational – published details of minutes of a meeting of Shell group managing directors on 22 and 23 July 2002. Planning refusal for the Ballinaboy gas terminal in north Mayo was discussed, according to the website, which quoted from the minutes: ‘The committee queried whether the group had sufficiently well placed contacts with the Irish government and regulators. Paul Skinner undertook to explore this issue further in consultation with the country chairman in Ireland.’
CRC Press: “The Four Stages of Highly Effective Crisis Management” by Jan Jordan-Meier Book Published March 2011
Not only have they been actively campaigning against the company for nearly a decade (they started in 2001), but they own the domain name www.royaldutchshellplc.com–Shell’s proper name, you guessed it, Royal Dutch Shell.
According to an interview on their blog, the site receives millions of hits per month and many of the people using the site are shell employees.
Influential–you bet. The Donovans and their blog are regularly quoted in the mainstream media–no doubt that the father-and-son team is an ongoing headache for Shell.
Extract: The RoyalDutchShellplc.com website is highly critical of Shell’s operations worldwide. It was established in 2005 by the Donovans, owners of a marketing company which was involved in court actions with Shell.
Extract: The royaldutchshellplc.com website had this on its home page last Friday. This website, subtitled, ‘News and information on Royal Dutch Shell Plc’ has nothing whatever to do with the said company. A disclaimer states: “This is not a Shell website nor is it officially endorsed by or affiliated with Shell in any way.” The site was founded by 94 year-old Alfred Donovan, the former Chairman of the Shell Corporate Conscience Pressure Group. He is assisted by, among others, his son, John, who has been involved in the gasoline retailing industry for over 40 years. John is best known for his long association with the Royal Dutch Shell Group, firstly for devising marketing campaigns on an international basis and more recently as a long-term Shell shareholder and critic of Shell senior management. The site is a mine of information on Shell’s activities worldwide.
Extract from the ebook by Robert Eringer, Suck My Pen: How to Gut Goliath by Becoming an Interactive Hub of Dissent (Published March 2012 Kindle Edition)
…the most successful gripe site of all time, which targets Shell Oil, actually operates under the domain name royaldutchshellplc.com, Shell’s legal trading name.
IX. CASE STUDY: SHELL OIL
1. Royal Dutch Shell Plc is a multinational Goliath that makes billions of dollars annually in profits from high oil prices and employs 100,000 persons in over a hundred countries; but if you go to royaldutchshellplc.com you will not find Shell Oil; you will find a gripe site operated by father and son Alfred and John Donovan.
2. In 1993, Shell allegedly stole promotional ideas disclosed to it in confidence by the Donovans; they resorted to legal means to remedy their predicament, resulting in many court battles; in the midst of litigation, the Donovans created an anti-Shell gripe site; Shell eventually paid to settle all court actions.
3. Nonetheless, the Donovans continued to use their site to hold Shell accountable whenever Shell’s policies did not correlate to their public relations and advertising rhetoric.
4. In March 2005, Shell initiated legal action to try to stop the Donovans from using royaldutchshellplc.com as their domain name; Shell lost.
5. Over time, the Donovans constructed the most comprehensive Shell-related news service on the Internet, gathering and publishing many news stories on Shell each day on a 24/7 basis; additionally, the Donovans write and publish an outspoken blog about Shell on which they discuss various news stories while voicing their expert opinions; if you Google “Royal Dutch Shell,” there are approximately of 1,120,000 results; the Donovan site consistently ranks number four.
6. Visitors to royaldutchshellplc.com site can post comments on its Live Chat feature without having to register, thereby allowing anonymous offerings; thus it attracts Shell insiders who reveal confidential information about Shell without them having to give up their identities; some such insiders graduated to leaking Shell internal correspondence documents to the Donovans.
7. Royaldutchshellplc.com receives several million hits monthly and has become an interactive hub of dissent, attracting whistleblowers who use the Donovan site as a means to leak numerous Shell secrets to the media, resulting in huge embarrassment to Shell’s senior management and even the resignation of a Shell senior executive.
8. A confidential Shell memo leaked to the Donovans tabled strategies for combatting the Donovan site; Shell conducted surveillance and deployed dirty tricks against the Donovans, including the use of an undercover agent who presented false credentials from a company that did not exist and was subsequently caught examining private mail inside the Donovans office.
9. The significance of the Donovan website has been acknowledged by mainstream media; One World Trust, an independent research organization, announced that the Donovan site has had a “profound” impact on Shell.
10. Profound, indeed; revelations published on royaldutchshellplc.com have cost Shell billions of dollars; as such, David gutted Goliath.
The headline is “Konzernfeind No.1″ freely translated as: “The Company’s (Shell’s) Enemy No.1″
Extract: Thanks to a network of “moles” inside the company, this early retiree from Britain is posting on his website reports on shortcomings inside the world’s largest oil group. It’s a dogged pursuit that has already cost the Anglo-Dutch giant several billions.
Extract: John Donovan, 64, is a meticulous man and very knowledgeable. For several years he has spent most of his time on what he describes as his “super-hobby”: the website royaldutchshellplc.com with scoops on the evils of the multinational.
Contacted by telephone Wednesday, Shell declined to comment about this annoying site.
It is not uncommon for John Donovan to find in his mailbox job applications, professional sales proposals and even terrorist threats directed at the oil company. It should be clear that it is an anti-Shell site, but there are many people who do not pay attention.
Ground Report: THE GRIPE SITE – ROYAL DUTCH SHELL VS. ROBERT ERINGER: 17 May 2012 pdf version
Extract: The list was given to Vrij Nederland by the Englishman John Donovan of the website Royaldutchplc.com which has critically monitored the multinational for many years. John Donovan says he has a network of people who work for the oil and gas company or used to work for it.
WikiLeaks: Internal global intelligence company Stratfor email about an article relating to the Sakhalin project in Russia. (FT Article). One of several WikiLeak files citing royaldutchshellplc.com: Released by WikiLeaks 18 March 2013
Extract: The news about Mr. Lawrence’s departure was first reported on the website of John Donovan, a blogger critical of the company.
Extract: The news about Mr. Lawrence’s departure was first reported on the website of John Donovan, a blogger critical of the company.
Shell Executive From Arctic Alaska Oil Program to Leave: Fox Business: 22 March 2013
Extract: Much correspondence between Shell and OSSL is posted on a website which then came to play a key role: royaldutchshellplc.com, run by John Donovan and until recently his father, Alfred, who died last month. The site, a thorn in Shell’s side, is a watchdog on the company and repository for material leaked by whistleblowers and discontents, with more than 30 million monthly hits. The Donovans had secured places for Kane and Rooney at Shell’s AGM last month, to raise their grievances. Cornered, the company’s CEO, Peter Voser, suddenly ordered a further inquiry, a move echoed by the Garda.
Extract: The Garda Ombudsman confirmed yesterday that it was not currently investigating the claims, which first surfaced on the whistleblowers’ website royaldutchshellplc.com.
Extract: The invoice for the consignment of alcohol is on-view on www.royaldutchshellplc.com, the site of well-known Shell watchdog, John Donovan.
Donovan told The Mayo News yesterday he ‘made it plain to Shell that if they categorically stated that the invoice was fabricated, then [he] would remove it from [his] website’. The Observer also asked the gardaí and Supt John Gilligan, who was the garda chief at the time in Belmullet, to deny the claim but they simply re-sent a a prepared statement.
In the first email published on the anti-Shell whistleblower website, royaldutchshellplc.com, OSSL alleges that a Shell contacts manager for Corrib “used OSSL to make payments of cash and gifts to various parties in Erris and beyond” and “gave instructions regarding the purchase of various items to be gifted to local householders with a view to advancing the project in a particularly difficult part of the construction program”.
Just a month later, OSSL decided to take its campaign public and posted its allegations on the anti-Shell website, royaldutchshellplc.com.
Six months later John Donovan, who runs royaldutchshellplc.com, received an invoice from OSSL. The invoice, drawn up five years after the event, outlines how two consignments of alcohol costing €29,500 were purchased in Northern Ireland by OSSL. They were then allegedly brought across the border in a commercial vehicle on the instruction of a Shell E&P Ireland employee and stored in OSSL premises in Bangor Erris.
Also published by the following from 16 to the 17th of October 2016:
YouTube.com Wochit: Shell May Face Lawsuit Over Nigerian Activists Execution
defenceWeb Zambia 17 Oct 2016
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Reuters syndicated article: Shell’s attorneys ordered to give Nigerian activist’s widow files for Dutch lawsuit: 11 Jan 2017
TV260 Nigeria: US court orders Shell to release files to Nigerian activist’s widow
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Reuters syndicated article: Shell Plans 400 Job Cuts at Dutch Projects and Technology Department: 31 July 2017
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Reuters Syndicated Article: Shell sees Nigeria corruption trial lasting many months – memo: 11 October 2018
“We do not yet know how long the trial will last but expect this to be many months, continuing into next year,” Ching said in the Sept. 20 memo, provided to Reuters by John Donovan, who runs the independent royaldutchshellplc.com website.he website often serves as a forum to criticise the oil major.
389 ARTICLES UP TO THIS POINT
ARTICLES FROM 2005 to 2018 END
67 ARCHIVE ARTICLES FROM 1994 to 1999
Shell faces libel threat from Don: Marketing Week 31 March 1994
Shell struck by writ: Marketing Magazine front page headline article 20 October 1994
SHELL STOLE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, ALLEGES DON: Debrief News Letter November 1994
Don issues writ number four to embattled Shell: Marketing Magazine: 10 November 1994
SHELL SHOCK: EDITORIAL BY INCENTIVE TODAY MAGAZINE: November/December 1994
Shell ‘legal block fails’ in promotions agency row: Forecourt News January 1995
Don Marketing trade ad seeks help of dealers: Marketing Magazine 12 January 1995
Marketing Week News 20 January 1995
Irate Don hits Shell investors: Marketing Week 27 January 1995
DON MARKETING STEPS-UP ITS ATTACK ON SHELL: Debrief February 1995
Pressure group to target Shell: Forecourt Trader February 1995
‘Shell knew of flaws in Make Money’: Forecourt News front page article February 1995
Marketing Week News 24 February 1995
Shell seeks guarantee over costs in Don case: Marketing Week 24 March 1995
Shell promotions dispute intensifies: Promotions & Incentives April 1995
Shell: ‘claim will fail’: Incentive Today April 1995
Shell row steps up a gear: Forecourt News April 1995
STOP PRESS: DON MARKETING FOUNDER ALFRED DONOVAN HAS ISSUED A LIBEL WRIT: Marketing Magazine 20 April 1995
Shell speaks out over Don: Forecourt Trader April 1995
Donovan issues Shell libel writ: Promotions & Incentive Magazine May 1995
Briefly Column: Forecourt News May 1995
STOP PRESS: Shell has confirmed that its senior management will hold talks with Don Marketing: Marketing Magazine 25 May 1995
Marketing Week News: John Donovan, of sales promotion agency Don Marketing…: ( Will have a team picketing Shell’s London headquarters for four days a week”): 2 June 1995
DAVID DON AND GOLIATH SHELL: EPISODE 3,651: Debrief Newsletter Page 63, June 1995
LUCKY NUMBERS: Incentive Today: July/August 1995
John Donovan, managing director of Don Marketing, which produces a range of scratch-card games for on-pack promotions, also believes that the National Lottery has helped increase the popularity of scratch cards. But printer’s errors are a nightmare for scratch card producers, he admits. One of the horror stories he relates is when the Daily Mirror published an incorrect combination of ‘called numbers’ for its bingo-type game and left thousands of readers thinking they had won the game.
Donovan is more open than Venters about the tricks that the public get up to in order to cheat in the games. This even includes children tampering with cards which are then sometimes unwittingly sent in by parents. Don Marketing also now insists on videoing the opening of all prize claims so that players cannot dispute the validity of the games.
With Donovan quoting a cost of 4p per card to run a scratch card promotion, it is hardly surprising that everyone from oil. companies to brewers is rushing to take part. And Donovan says his company can deliver scratch cards to any promotional agency with as little as two months’ notice. He guarantees security, even to the extent of having cards printed in the United States by printers Dittler Brothers, who are specialists in printing scratch and lottery tickets and even have armed guards securing their plant.
Shell UK and Don Marketing: Marketing Week 8 September 1995
Debrief Newsletter: October 1995
Shell card in legal row: Financial Mail on Sunday 19 April 1998
Don Marketing booking full-page ads to alert Shell shareholders to its dispute with Shell: Marketing Magazine 23 April 1998
High Court papers unveil ‘secret’ Shell writ losses: Marketing Week 23 April 1998
Shell reveals plans for challenging Smart writ: Marketing Week 30 April 1998
Donovan brings new Shell writ “this time for libel”: Marketing Magazine 30 April 1998
Shell stands firm on Smart charges: Promotions & Incentives May 1998
Don’s Smart writ: Forecourt Trader May 1998
ASA dragged into Shell UK Smart battle: Marketing Week Magazine 7 May 1998
Shell broadens base: Marketing Magazine 7 May 1998
Shell in legal row: Sales Promotion Magazine May 1998
Shell Smart copyright battle gets nastier: Loyalty Magazine May/June 1998
Shell faces new threat to Smart card scheme: Marketing Week 21 May 1998
Donovan’s beef with Shell online: Daily Telegraph 11 June 1998
Don Claims first round in Shell libel action: Marketing Week 30 July 1998
“McShell” case continues: Loyalty Magazine August 1998
On cyberpicket lines: London Evening Standard 28 September 1998 (DON’T GET MAD GET EVEN)
Shell smacked over libel action: Incentive Today Magazine September 1998
Judge Shell by actions not words: Marketing Week 25 February 1999
Ideas man sues Shell: The Times 16 June 1999
Donovan takes Smart case against Shell to court: Sunday Business 6 June 1999
Promotions expert claims Shell stole his Smart card idea: THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 6 June 1999
Shell faces court battle on its Smart scheme: Marketing Magazine 10 June 1999
Oil giant stole my promotion idea, alleges businessman: East Anglian Daily Times 16 June 1999
INTO BATTLE WITH SHELL: Bury Free Press 18 June 1999
SHELL IN HIGH COURT SUIT OVER SMARTCARD SCHEME: Debrief, July 1999
Don ends legal proceedings against Shell UK: Marketing Week 8 July 1999
Shell has settled out of court with John Donovan…: Marketing Magazine STOP PRESS Column 28 July 1999
Shell claim is settled: Bury Free Press 9 July 1999
Stalemate for marketing firm’s ‘stolen’ idea claim: East Anglian Daily Times 7 July 1999
Shell action abandoned: Forecourt Trader August 1999
Don and Shell end Smart row: Incentive Today July-August 1999
21 NEWS MEDIA ARTICLES FROM THE TEN YEAR PERIOD WHEN WE WERE FRIENDS WITH SHELL
Rubbing away to goodwill: Incentive Marketing and Sales Promotion, November 1983
Fast flowing Don: Marketing Magazine 16 February 1984
Shell is back making money: Incentive Marketing and Sales Promotion March 1984
Anatomy of a Shell winner: Campaign Magazine 27 April 1984
The play’s the thing: Marketing Magazine 31 May 1984
Marketing Magazine Sales Promotion Survey 6 September 1984
Why games became big business: Campaign Magazine 14 September 1984
Cerebral promotion for drivers: Shell Mastermind: Sept 1984
“Shell starts up a new promotion” (Shell Make Merry) Marketing Week 2 November 1984 (POS DISPLAY)
Don Marketing launches dual forecourt attack: Campaign Magazine 2 November 1984
Shell offers ‘lucky deal’: Marketing Magazine 2 May 1985
Old favourites that never die: Campaign Magazine 14 June 1985
Don does it again, this time with Bruce: Promotions & Incentives Magazine: June 1985
It’s game, set and match as forecourts fight it out to the finish: Campaign Magazine 27 September 1985
LEARNING THE RIGHT RULES OF THE GAME: Marketing Week Magazine 11 October 1985
Don plans huge bingo promotion: Marketing Week 7 Feb 1986
Shell launches Star Trek scratchcard game: Sales Promotion Magazine March 1991
Will Shell’s intergalactic experiment pay off?: Cover story plus coverage on 7 pages with extensive colour piks: Promotions & Incentives Magazine July-August 1991
UP TO SCRATCH: PROMOTIONS & INCENTIVES MAGAZINE: JUNE 1993
ASSORTED LINKS TO ITEMS OF INTEREST
Some Don Marketing staff – Mary, Anita, Valerie and Lynne with Bernie Winters and his original St Bernard dog, Schnorbitz.
John Donovan and John Chambers, Chairman and CEO of Don Marketing in 1984 when the Shell Mastermind promotional game format, devised by DM, was in progress.
John Donovan of Don Marketing, Roy Rochford of Rochford-Thompson Security Printers and Roger Sotherton, Marketing Director of Don Marketing.royaldutchshellplc.com and its sister websites royaldutchshellgroup.com, shellnazihistory.com, royaldutchshell.website, johndonovan.website, shellnews.net, shell2004.com, shellshareholders.org, don-marketing.com and cybergriping.com are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article: royaldutchshellplc.com