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Shell and Aramco Overseas Company acknowledge Showa Shell Chairman's contribution
Following the Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. announcement of Haruyuki Niimi stepping down as Chairman, the two major shareholders, Royal Dutch Shell plc and Aramco Overseas Company B.V. (subsidiary of Saudi Aramco) today jointly acknowledged the significant contribution he has made to the company over the last 49 years and expressed full support for the leadership succession that is in place.
"The strong commitment and leadership shown by Haruyuki Niimi has helped Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. maintain a leading position at the forefront of the Japanese petroleum refining and marketing industry," said Linda Cook, Shell Executive Director Gas & Power.
"Haruyuki Niimi's role has been instrumental in the company achieving its present strong position and respected status with the Japanese and International business community," said Khalid G. Al-Buainain Senior Vice President of Refining, Marketing and International, Saudi Aramco.
Haruyuki Niimi joined Shell Sekiyu in 1960 and held several positions there until he became Managing Director of the newly merged Showa Shell Sekiyu in 1985. He became Vice President of the company in 1993 and Chairman in 1995. In 2005 he became Chairman and President, and since 2006 has held the position of Chairman.
Shell and Aramco Overseas Company wish him well for the future and are indebted to him for his contribution in shaping Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K into the company it is today.
It is proposed that at the board meeting following the Annual General Meeting on 27 March 2009, Shigeya Kato, currently Vice Chairman would succeed Haruyuki Niimi as Chairman of Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.