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Shell employees’ personal details leaked

A database of Shell’s staff has found its way onto the internet, including personal details of 170,000 employees and contractors, according to an article in Saturday’s Times.   Shell’s security department is now investigating how the details were emailed to seven non-governmental organisations (NGOs) including Greenpeace, Justice in Nigeria Now and Friends of the Earth. […]

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Shell and Ferraris

At the Shell building at Waterloo yesterday, I saw that the lobby facing the river was adorned with murals of red Ferraris.   Going on to the Shell website now, I see that the company describes its “Circuit” advert as a contender for one of the greatest motoring adverts of all time. It is a […]

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David Byrne leaves Shell

I was shocked to hear that my old friend David Byrne had been made redundant from Shell. I knew him as Shell’s styrene business manager when I used to report on the European styrene market, but the job which has been cut is that of Manager, Operations Excellence, based in Houston.   Canadian national David becomes […]

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PHOTOS: Official EPCA 2009 Berlin photos

At last, the official EPCA photos we were all looking forward to. EPCA posted them on the website on Wednesday, where delegates are able to download them by using their conference username and password. A few selected highlights have been chosen for the Blog’s readers (photos copyright EPCA).    

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New numbers from EPCA

In EPCA‘s July newsletter which has arrived on Friday afternoon, we discover that:   EPCA membership is stable at 554 members, the same number as last year. 10 milestone cars will be on display at the exhibition in Mercedes World. The new 5-member Executive Committee has representatives from: BASF, Royal Vopak, INEOS Olefins, Shell Chemicals […]

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Oil and chemicals background for new Reed Elsevier CEO Smith

The new boss of Reed Elsevier and hence ICIS has an industry background which includes “the oil, consultancy, healthcare and construction sectors,” according to this profile of Ian Smith in today’s Financial Times. “Mr Smith started his career at Shell,” the article continues, heralding his arrival as chief executive in March.   Reading this on […]

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Darkness and neglect at Le Balmoral

On the way to dinner at Le Saint-Benoit, we pass the dark and shuttered hulk of the former Balmoral Hotel, looming darkly over the bay. This was a haven to past generations from Shell, Integra and then ICIS, famed for its 1950s wallpaper and candlewick bedspreads and fondly referred to as the “Immoral”. It plays a proud part in petrochemical industry history.

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Chemicals breaks the glass ceiling

Nigel Davis celebrates some other top women on the occasion of Ellen Kullman’s promotion to CEO of Du Pont today … “Stacy Methvin, who ran Shell Chemicals LLP, has moved on to bigger things in Shell. Dow Corning has a female CEO, Stephanie A. Burns. I think Nance Dicciani is still at Rohm and Haas.”

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Chemicals retirements – they’re not what they used to be

To Holland Park today for a delightful business lunch with an industry friend who is in the process of retiring from the biz at the age of 60. Like so many retiring eminent statesmen before him, my pal has already had a grand farewell bash, at the Adlon Kempinski in Berlin at last year’s EPCA, but is now doing a stately tour of old friends and good restaurants.

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Summer outings showcase chemical hats

This is the hat I shall be wearing to the Royal Garden Party tomorrow. If you see me there, be sure to greet me with the secret petrochemical industry salute of friendship. The golden hat has already had one outing, at the famous Peter Demitriadi Henley Regatta party, where it mixed happily with other splendid hats from the ladies of Shell and SABIC.


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