Shell’s oil production director takes medical leave

January 20, 2014 | People on the move

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden

The Hague, Netherlands (Bloomberg) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the biggest oil company in Europe, said its production director Andy Brown is taking leave to recuperate from recent medical treatment.

Maarten Wetselaar, executive Vice President for integrated gas projects, will be acting upstream chief in addition to his duties until Brown returns. The Hague-based Shell said today in a statement without indicating when that might be.

Brown, at Shell for about 30 years, became head of upstream operations in 2012. He has led the Pearl gas-to-liquids project in Qatar, the Anglo-Dutch company’s most expensive, and was responsible for the Qatargas-4 liquefied natural gas venture.

He was an internal candidate to be CEO at Shell after Peter Voser unexpectedly quit last year. Ben van Beurden, a former refining executive, became CEO from Jan. 1.