Goodbye Ben: Reflecting on a decade of gas domination and asset offloading at Shell

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On 1 January 2023, Shell ushered in a new generation as company veteran Wael Sawan succeeded Ben van Beurden as the London-headquartered major’s CEO. Reflecting on his tenure as chief executive and previous career at the helm of Shell’s chemicals business, van Beurden credited his April 2021 energy transition strategy, Powering Progress, as his legacy at the company. The programme outlined Shell’s ambitions to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 while generating continued shareholder value and supporting an inclusive society through its products and services.

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