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Voser wields axe as 600 managers culled at Shell

New CEO determined to streamline management at Anglo-Dutch supermajor

The smiling assassin. New Shell CEO, Peter Voser. (GUIDO BENSCHOP/AFP/Getty Images)
The smiling assassin. New Shell CEO, Peter Voser. (GUIDO BENSCHOP/AFP/Getty Images)

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Although only a few short weeks into his tenure Peter Voser, the new CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, is about to make a statement of intent with a cull of between 500-600 senior managers at the Anglo-Dutch company.

Voser, who replaced Jeroen van der Veer as Shell chief this month, is determined thin out the upper tiers of the supermajor in an attempt to bring it in line with more streamlined companies like its US rival and market leader ExxonMobil.

The Swiss-born Voser has long been a critic of what he sees as the overly bureaucratic structure and top-heavy management of Shell.

Linda Cook, the former head of the company’s gas division became the first big name casualty in June as the group’s three upstream units were merged into two — Upstream Americas and Upstream International.
  
It is understood that 10,000 people will eventually be cut from Shell’s current global workforce of 102,000.

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