Dick Benschop is appointed VP JV Excellence for Shell’s Upstream Joint Ventures business on 1 January 2016 and is based in The Hague, The Netherlands.
He is accountable for Shell’s JV business improvement programs including UPN’s joint ventures in Abu Dhabi, Brunei, Denmark, Egypt, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait and Oman.
Dick was born in Driebergen, The Netherlands, in 1957. He studied History at the Free University in Amsterdam, and worked in various functions in the Dutch Parliament and in the Dutch Labour Party.
In 1994, Dick founded and worked for his own consultancy firm before returning to politics in 1998-2002 as deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Dutch Government.
Dick joined Shell in 2003 and worked in Shell Energy Europe before moving to Kuala Lumpur in 2006 overseeing the Gas & Power business in Malaysia. In 2009, he took up the role of Vice President Strategy for the Royal Dutch Shell Group. On May 1, 2011 Dick Benschop was appointed as President Director of Shell Netherlands and Vice President Gas Market Development for Shell worldwide.