Shell names new oil refining chief

|By:, SA News Editor

Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) names John Abbott as refining director to succeed Ben van Beurden, who will become CEO in January.

Abbott, a 30-year industry veteran, has been running about 30 refineries and petrochemical plants at Shell; most recently, he was executive VP for manufacturing.

In Canada, Abbott supervised Shell’s oil-sands ventures and managed an associated carbon-capture and storage project.