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Shell announced that Ben van Beurden, the current director of its refining and marketing operations, will become its new chief executive next year, replacing retiring CEO Peter Voser. Van Beurden took over the running of Shell’s refining and marketing business in January. Before that, he held senior roles in chemicals and manufacturing, and served as private assistant to the company’s chairman between 2002 and 2004. Van Beurden will become CEO, effective Jan. 1.

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