Shell Nederland appoints first ever female CEO

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As of January 1st Marjan van Loon will be the first ever female CEO of Shell Nederland. On Monday the oil and gas group announced that current CEO Dick Benschop will take another role within Shell International on the same date.

"Marjan brings a wealth of experience and expertise to fill this important position" managing director Ben van Beurden said, according to news wire ANP.

Van Loon, 49, started working for Shell 26 years ago. Since 2009 she's filled the roll of vice president of LNG & Gas Processing, where she is responsible, among other things, for the largest ship, the Prelude, which serves as a gasworks far off the western coast of Australia.

Benschop was CEO of Shell Nederland from May 1st, 2012. In his new position he will be responsible for better management of collaborations over which Shell does not have direct control - joint ventures in which the company has minority interests.