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Royal Dutch Shell Board appoints new head of downstream
Mark Williams succeeds Rob Routs effective 1 January 2009, when he retires from the company after a distinguished career of 37 years.
Williams, a US citizen has a PhD in physics from Stanford University. He joined Shell's upstream business in 1979 in the United States. He has held a variety of upstream and downstream positions in the company, and is currently the Executive Vice President of Supply and Distribution in Oil Products. He is Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, and Chairman of the Downstream Committee of the American Petroleum Institute. He is married with two children.