Shell nomme l’initié Wael Sawan pour remplacer le PDG vétéran Ben van Beurden

Wael Sawan, Shell's new CEO, during an oil conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 24, 2017. Reuters / Bruno Kelly

Le nouveau chef travaille dans l’entreprise depuis 25 ans et a occupé des postes dans le monde entier

Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden will step down at the end of this year after almost 40 years at the company, to be replaced by the firm’s head of gas and renewables, Wael Sawan.

Mr Van Beurden, 64, has steered the company through some of its most turbulent times. The first big move of his tenure as chief executive, which began in 2014, was the takeover of rival BG Group. This was a deal valued at close to $50 billion that tested the company’s finances during an oil price slump, but is now paying off as natural gas prices soar.